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UD student claims sexual assault involved two people

The University of Dayton student whose sexual assault allegation against a stranger prompted the school to send a safety advisory email on Tuesday also made an allegation against a person she knew involved in the same incident.

A safety advisory email sent to UD students on Tuesday said a female attended a party at a house on Lawnview Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday. She said she “blacked out” after consuming an alcoholic beverage that was offered to her and woke up the next morning in her Marianist Hall room with evidence of a sexual assault, according to the email.

That resulted in allegations against two people, according to UD Police Lt. Randy Groesbeck of the school’s Department of Public Safety.

“One of them was an acquaintance and the other was someone she claims she doesn’t know,” Groesbeck said. “That’s the one that resulted in the safety bulletin.”

Friends told the victim she left the party with someone named “Mike” or “Mark” who was described as “a tall white male with brown hair and a white shirt,” according to the advisory.

The UD police department will not release the incident report. As a private institution, UD is not bound by the same rules as public universities with regard to open records laws.

In the past 60 days, Groesbeck said the latest incident is the only one on campus involving sexual assault. He said a couple other allegations were deemed to be unfounded. Groesbeck said no one had called in a tip about Saturday’s incident.

A spokesman at the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said UD police presented four cases related to sexual assault in 2012, none of which resulted in any felony charges.

The safety advisory email urged UD students not to consume beverages from a common container, walk with a friend or the campus escort service at night and to lock their doors and windows before going to bed or when leaving their residence.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Department of Public Safety at (937) 229-2121.

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