Public Safety Notice: Campus fondling case being investigated

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Public Safety Notice: Campus fondling case being investigated

Fernanda Martinez

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 This morning, CSU Bakersfield’s police department sent out an email crime bulletin regarding a fondling incident that occurred last night.

The email specified that around 6:45 p.m., Jan. 31, a female noticed a male following her around parking lot D. The male suspect fondled her without consent and she flashed her phone light at him while he ran north toward Stockdale Highway.

 The suspect was described as a clean-shaven, Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties. He was also described at about a height of 5 feet, 5 inches, with a thin build, dark complexion, and brown eyes. The male suspect was last seen wearing dark denim jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt while carrying a backpack and a lunch bag.

 Chief of University Police, Marty Williamson, stated that the above information is the only information they currently have and that the incident is being investigated.

 In May 2016, The Runner reported on an incident of sexual assault that occurred in the Walter Stiern Library. A female student was inside a study room when a male portraying himself as a kinesiology student approached her. He was reportedly asking students if they would allow him to practice his physical therapy work on them. As he proceeded to conduct stretching exercises on the student, he touched her inappropriately.

 In August 2016, The Runner also reported on an incident regarding a male perpetrator who inappropriately touched at least two students. He was later found by UPD and banned from the university under penal code 626.

 Just last year, The Runner also reported four rapes were stated on the 2017 Clery Report. All four rapes were reported to have occurred in Student Housing.

 UPD always advises the campus to report any suspicious activity to UPD at 661-654-2111. Students can also request a free escort from UPD for any reason at any time.