Police doubt weekend sexual assaults on Penn State campus related

mcarroll@centredaily.comDecember 3, 2012 

Separate sexual assaults reported last weekend on the Penn State campus are not related, police said Monday.

Penn State police are investigating two reports of rape/sexual assault involving university students.

One incident allegedly happened on the west side of campus between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Just one day earlier, another student alleged she had been assaulted in a dorm room on the south side of campus between 11 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday.

In both cases, a female student said she was assaulted by a male student.

“These were two separate situations not related to one another,” Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham said Monday in an email. “Both, however, involve female student victims who reported being assaulted by male acquaintances.”

Parham said in both incidents the students went together to a residence.

No arrests have been been made, but both incidents are still under investigation, police said.

Police advise students to avoid walking alone, to report suspicious behavior, and to leave immediately and seek help when in an unsafe environment.

Anyone with information about either assault can contact university police either in person at 26 Eisenhower Parking Deck or by submitting an anonymous tip online.

Information can also be sent to Centre County Crime Stoppers by phone at 877-99CRIME with a reward up to $1,000 offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Also this weekend, State College police reported a woman was inappropriately touched by a man on the dance floor at Indigo Night Club.

The man left without further incident after the woman drew a knife, accidentally cutting her own finger, police said.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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