Ohio University

Crime Alert 181009

Gross Sexual Imposition
Date of the Crime
Approximate Time of the Crime
09:30 PM

On the walking path through Emerti Park between the pavilion and Clippinger Hall

Suspect Description

College-aged white male, around 5'8" to 5'9" tall, described as being "skinny," with lighter colored short facial hair, wearing a plain blue hooded sweatshirt with hood up and white basketball shorts.


On 9/19/18 at around 4:30 PM, OUPD received a report of a gross sexual imposition that occurred in Emerti Park the previous evening.  A female victim reported that on 9/18/18 between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM she was walking east on the pedestrian path towards Clippinger Hall when she passed the suspect who was sitting off to the side of the path.  She reported that her backpack was grabbed from behind by the suspect, she elbowed him off of her bag, and he then grabbed her hand and buttocks.  The victim reported she struck the suspect in the head, used her pepper spray on him, and was able to leave the area.  

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Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Survivors of crime are never at fault for their victimization. It is the perpetrators of these crimes who are responsible for their actions that make our campus less safe.
  • Sexual contact without consent, with or without additional physical injury, is a serious crime.
  • If you see someone in need, there are ways you can safely intervene, including by being direct when safe and able, creating a distraction, or by delegating to others when help is needed.
  • When walking alone, consider walking with your phone in your hand.
  • If you feel threatened or uncomfortable in regards to your safety, please call 911.
  • Consider planning ahead to utilize the CATS Late Night free shuttle service between 5:30PM-3:00AM M-F, and 9:30 PM-3AM Saturday-Sunday. Rides can be scheduled by contacting 740-593-4040 via text or phone.
  • If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, resources are available for help. For a list of confidential and non-confidential campus or community resources, please visit:https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights/Resources.cfm