Two sex crimes reported on campus

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Two separate sex offenses were reported on the university crime log Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Both were documented as forcible rapes.

The Nov. 18 account occurred at 1:24 p.m. in Newman Hall. Although the incident was reported to Public Safety, Central Dispatch said no law enforcement was called or sent to the scene.

The forcible rape recorded on the crime log at 9:59 a.m. Dec. 2 allegedly occurred in the campus apartments sometime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 23.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office initially responded to The Shield’s call with no information concerning an assault reported around 10 a.m. Dec. 2.

Central Dispatch said law enforcement was called at 9:49 a.m. Dec. 2. The Shield provided such information to the sheriff’s office and requested the public incident report. The sheriff’s office provided the incident number and told The Shield to fill out a formal request.

The first request was submitted Dec. 7. After several follow-up calls, the request was denied Dec. 8.

The sheriff’s office denied The Shield’s request for the Dec. 2 incident report because of the record’s classification as an “investigatory record” involving a sex crime with a suspect “never criminally charged,” according to an email response.

Release of the record was said to possibly “malign, defame, slander or otherwise damage the reputation” of persons involved or “expose a person to unlawful retribution.”

Director of Public Safety Steve Woodall confirmed both reported sex offenses.

He said once an individual reports an offense, they choose whether or not to involve law enforcement. No matter the investigation, the university is required to document the report in the crime log as well as the annual Clery Report.

Dean of Students Bryan Rush could not confirm either case or current investigations but said in any case, proper investigation and concern for the victim will be prioritized.

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