Police investigating reported sexual assault at UW-Whitewater

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Jonah Beleckis | October 7, 2016

WHITEWATER—UW-Whitewater police are investigating the reported sexual assault of a female student, who said she was attacked on campus by two men she did not know.

The student was leaving the Williams Center workout facility Sunday at about 7:45 p.m. when two men approached her, UW-Whitewater Police Chief Matt Kiederlen said Wednesday.

The two men were physically aggressive with the student until another woman walking her dog in the vicinity interrupted the assault, Kiederlen said. Police are still trying to locate the woman with the dog.

The assault happened on Koshkonong Drive on the western border of campus, Kiederlen said.

No arrests have been made. Kiederlen said the incident would be considered a second-degree sexual assault because of the violent nature of the incident.

The student was not injured, Kiederlen said.

Police were notified late Monday morning after the student disclosed information to a university employee, who then followed standard reporting procedures, Kiederlen said.

Kiederlen said his office sees 10 to 12 sexual assault reports a year. Kiederlen said he and a lieutenant, who has been with the department for 23 years, could remember only two other similar incidents involving sexual assaults by strangers.

The last time a UW-W student reported a sexual assault was in August before the school year began, Kiederlen said. More common are reported assaults involving two acquaintances who are at an agreed-upon location, he said.


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