Investigation Continues Into UCO Sexual Assault

Friday, October 5th 2012, 7:20 pm
By: News 9

Police continue their investigation in a sexual assault on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

The sexual assault was reported at a residence hall on campus. The alleged victim is an 18-year-old man. Even though no one has been arrested, police say they do have a person of interest in the case.

A campus-wide email went out alerting students of the sexual assault.

The alleged victim, an 18-year-old man, told police he was sexually assaulted in a room at Murdaugh Hall on September 23.

Police say they've identified a suspect as a black man in his early 30s, about 5'8" between 160-180 pounds. He has short hair, a thin mustache and beard, and a tattoo that says "Perkins" on his left forearm.

Investigators say he used the first name "Marcus."

UCO leaders are urging students to keep windows and doors locked.

Wendy Joseph with the Violence Prevention Project just spoke with freshmen students at the beginning of the school year about the dangers of sexual assault in college.

"It's really important that they're aware that even though we stress safety on campus with our safeline phones and being able to be escorted building to building by UCO police its really in those social situations they have to be most careful," Joseph said.

The Violence Prevention Project helps victims with legal services and counseling.

"Whether they didn't fight back or whether they didn't scream no, or do something like that, they feel they're some way responsible, and they are never at fault in a sexual assault situation," Joseph said.

Know your neighbors and don't hesitate to report suspicious activity. If anyone has any information on this crime, you're asked to call UCO police.

Learn more about the Violence Prevention Project

Victims can contact the Rape Crisis Center Hotline at (405) 943-7273.