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State College police urge vigilance after series of alleged sexual assaults

State College police are investigating a handful of alleged sexual assaults and warning the community to take safety measures.

Officer Kelly L. Aston said there have been five reported sexual assaults between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2 — none of which are related to each other and all of which the victims reported they were acquainted with the suspects.

At least three were reported over the Labor Day weekend when three separate female victims reported a male suspect attacked them. The reports came last Friday, Sunday and Monday. The previous two allegedly happened the week before in similar situations.

Aston said four assaults occurred in the borough of State College, while the other occurred in Harris Township.

All of the reported assaults occurred during the late night or early morning hours and took place during or following alcohol-related functions, Aston added.

“Alcohol is most often a significant contributing factor in these assaults,” Aston said in news release.

Lt. Keith Robb said reports of this nature are reported more frequently during the Penn State school year but was not specific.

State College and Penn State police are urging the public to take caution at all times.

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