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Alleged campus sexual assault files
turned over to prosecuting attorney
June 30, 2010
The Arkansas State Police Department and the Arkansas State University
Police Department (UPD) have turned over files regarding an alleged
sexual assault on ASU-Jonesboro campus Feb. 27, 2010, according to a
statement issued by both organizations, to Prosecuting Attorney Mike
Walden of the Second Judicial District. This district includes
Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene,
Mississippi and Poinsett counties.
The files contain witness interview transcripts, physical evidence
obtained voluntarily and through multiple search warrants, medical
records, photographs, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory results, telephone
and text message records and other materials.
“We appreciate all of the hard work and cooperation between the
university police department and the Arkansas State Police in their
combined investigation of this case,” said Dr. Rick Stripling, vice
chancellor of Student Affairs. He also expressed gratitude for the
assistance provided by other law enforcement agencies and organizations
outside of ASU that have aided in the investigation.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, ASU police department officers responded to
a call from St. Bernards Medical Center in reference to a victim of a
possible sexual assault on the ASUJ campus. In compliance with Clery Act
requirements, the ASU police department issued notice of the incident to
the campus community.
ASU police department officers followed established procedures for
interviewing the victim, collecting evidence through hospital
administered examinations and obtaining release of hospital medical
During the course of the investigation, more than 60 individuals were
interviewed in connection with the alleged assault. ASU police
department personnel traveled to various locations in and around the
Jonesboro area to conduct interviews and to collect physical and
UPD also contacted agencies outside the state of Arkansas for assistance
in conducting interviews. ASU enlisted the aid of five law enforcement
agencies, including the Arkansas State Police Department, the Arkansas
State Police Criminal Investigations Unit and the Jonesboro Police
Department. Evidence was provided to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
(ASCL) on March 1. The final report from ASCL was received May 19.
Because the case is still an ongoing investigation, personnel from both
police departments may not comment on specific evidence.
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