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DPS reports cases of assault, harassment on campus in November

<h6>Photo Credit: Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Photo Credit: Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 19, 2016, the Department of Public Safety responded to two reports of assault as well as to two reports of harassment in the context of domestic violence on the University campus.

The incident filed under the classification of “Domestic Violence: Harassment” in the Nov. 9 Clery Crime and Fire Log currently stands as an open case. As such, Director of Media Relations John Cramer declined to disclose additional details. However, the general location of the incident is listed as the Lawrence Apartments — a series of apartment units reserved for select University graduate students and their dependents. Reported at 1:32 p.m. on Nov. 9, the alleged harassment is claimed to have occurred within a two-minute window between 1:30 and 1:32 p.m. that day.

The closed incident filed under the classification of “Sexual Assault” in the Nov. 18 log has been corroborated by an internal investigation, Cramer said.

“Regarding the sexual assault reported in the Nov. 18 log, DPS received a report from a Campus Security Authority on Nov. 17 that an act of intimate relationship violence and an act of nonconsensual sexual contact occurred on campus during the prior year,” Cramer explained.

The Department of Public Safety was informed of this case of alleged sexual assault and proceeded to conduct an investigation to ultimately confirm that between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 17, 2016, the claimed acts of assault had taken place on the University’s main campus.

Cramer added that further information regarding the crimes listed in the Nov. 18 log will not be released.

In discussing the incident under the classification of “Domestic Violence: Harassment,” detailed in the Nov. 20 log, Cramer said that “DPS on Nov. 19 arrested [name redacted] for domestic violence at 120 Prospect Ave.” As noted in the log, the incident occurred in the evening of the arrest.

The charge was dismissed and later expunged in January 2017, according to documents obtained by the 'Prince.'

“The person arrested is not affiliated with the University, but the victim is a faculty member. We will not disclose the victim’s name nor the details of the incident,” Cramer explained.

Regarding an incident classified as assault in the Nov. 21 Clery Crime and Fire Log Cramer said that “the assault still being investigated, so we can’t share details.” 

Listed as having occurred within the general vicinity of the University Art Museum, the event was reported at 1:01 p.m. on Nov. 21. The same time stamp reads for both the earliest and latest possible date and time at which the incident is reported to have transpired. 

This article has been updated to reflect the dismissal and expungement of charge against [name redacted] for domestic violence. 

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