No Basis For Serial Rapist Rumor


A rumor concerning a serial rapist on the loose at Sam Houston State University is totally unfounded, university officials said Wednesday afternoon.

“Although we had two reports of sexual assaults last week, the University Police Department has determined that the alleged attacks were not related,” said University Police Chief Kevin Morris.

Three sexual assaults have been reported to University Police since August 29. In the first two reported incidents, the victims said that they knew their assailants.

An incident that was reported on August 29 has been referred to the Walker County District Attorney’s office.

An alleged assault reported on October 14 is still under investigation by the University Police Department, but a suspect has been identified.

In the third case, which happened on October 15, the victim was able to provide the police with enough information so that they were able to identify a suspect the day of the incident and make an arrest the following morning.

“The safety of our students is of paramount importance to us,” said Morris. “We worked quickly to resolve these situations, and we will continue to take necessary action to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.”

The University Police Department offers an escort program during the evening and nighttime hours to those who request assistance in walking from one location on campus to another on campus. Anyone who would like as escort can call 936.294.1794.



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