St. Charles Police now investigating alleged sex assault in Guffey Hall

Sexual assault was reported in Guffey Hall on the night of Sept. 12-13, but the exact timing of the incident has not been confirmed.
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The St. Charles Police is now investigating the alleged sexual assault reported in Guffey Hall a week ago.
 
Lt. Chad Fisk, St. Charles City Police Department public information officer, confirmed the victim is a female, and he said she reported the attack to the police Tuesday afternoon. 
 
A “timely alert” email sent on Sept. 14 stated that the incident happened on the night of Sept. 12-13 in the all-male dormitory. An exact time has not been confirmed.

The perpetrator was described as a 19-22-year-old white male who is known to the victim. 

Last week, Director of Public Safety & Security John Bowman confirmed that the victim of the assault is a Lindenwood student.  He could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. 

According to the Lindenwood Sexual Misconduct Policy‘s response protocol: 
 

“The reporting party will be given the option to file a criminal report with the St. Charles Police Department or other appropriate jurisdiction. A reporting party’s decision not to notify the police at the time of the initial report does not preclude the reporting party from filing a criminal report at a later date, provided the conduct is within Missouri’s applicable statute of limitations.”

Fisk said it is entirely up to the victim whether to report it to local police. 

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