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Sheriff's office investigates reported rape at Paine College

Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:15 AM
Last updated Friday, March 8, 2013 1:53 AM
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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported rape Thursday morning of a 22-year-old student in the restroom of an all-female residence hall at Paine College.

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Joseph D. Nelson (right), who was named the new Paine College campus safety chief Thursday, and Brandon Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement, discuss a sexual assault.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Joseph D. Nelson (right), who was named the new Paine College campus safety chief Thursday, and Brandon Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement, discuss a sexual assault.

“Everyone is a suspect at this point,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.

The student’s roommate called 911 immediately after the 1:30 a.m. attack. The 22-year-old was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The woman told authorities she had been sexually assaulted by a black man whom she did not recognize in the bathroom in Graham Hall.

According to Paine College’s Web site, Graham Hall houses 110 women with one bathroom on each floor.

All residence halls close at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, according to the Web site. Any resident who needs admittance after closing must contact campus security for an escort and provide college identification and a room key. Campus security will admit residents only every hour unless there are extenuating circumstance.

Brandon Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement, said that the policy was followed Wednesday evening and that male visitors are not permitted into female residence halls.

Brown said the campus perimeters were secured shortly after the incident was reported.

“At no time did we feel student safety was in jeopardy,” he said.

Students were notified through a campus alert system, but Brown declined to say how soon the alert was issued.

“We don’t want to get into any specifics to hinder the sheriff’s office’s investigation,” he said.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance videos from the campus and surrounding areas. Brown declined to say whether cameras are installed in residence halls.

Police described the assailant as a dark-skinned black man with bad acne. He is about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet9 inches tall and weighs between 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Division at (706) 821-1020 and ask for a violent-crimes supervisor.

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LMH 03/07/13 - 10:29 am
Poor woman..... I hope they

Poor woman..... I hope they catch this scum before he does it again. Maybe next time his victim will put a bullet in his head before he can get his pants down......

tom31510 03/07/13 - 10:42 am
5'9", 160

Uh oh, not on a the 'roun ball team. Not help from Paine for this one.

lifelongresident 03/08/13 - 08:12 am
hopefully he is caught and

hopefully he is caught and castrated...that being said there are questions....1) how did he, a male get into an ALL GIRL dorm without being seen?...2) assuming there are alarms on every side or alternate door and they are locked, how did he get out?......just askin

hopefully the victim is telling the truth but if she isn't my suggestion is to "lawyer up"

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