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MSSU INVESTIGATES TOP ATHLETE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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 "Rape" reads the top headline in MSSU's student newspaper, The Chart.

A victim came forward to police saying she was sexually assaulted in the residence halls on the night of September 28th.

“The fact that he was a star player in the athletic department and that he'd recently been removed from the roster and suspended, we knew people were going to put two and two together,” says The Chart Editor in Chief Brad Stout.

University police and the Dean's office launched two separate investigations into the incident.

“We obviously take down all the details about what has happened. We will try to corroborate that by looking at any physical evidence that we can find…maybe talk to witnesses. And obviously locate the suspect and talk to him as well,” says MSSU Police Chief Ken Kennedy.

When The Chart published the story on its front page there was backlash.

After the article came out, newspaper columnists were shocked to see that their newsstand had been turned over and many of the papers tossed in the trash.

“I was a little bit surprising. I did not quite expect that extreme of a reaction to this story,” shrugs Stout.

In the past three years the university has had five reported sexual assaults. University police urge women to not be afraid to report sexual misconduct.

“We try to make sure girls know that, if you report this and we have successful prosecution you possibly prevent someone from being sexually assaulted down the road,” states Kennedy.

Calls to Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson were not returned regarding if charges were or will be filed. The university's investigation is now closed with the suspension of the student.

In Joplin Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS
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