Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 7, 2014

CU sexual assault case referred to prosecuting attorney’s office

ATHENS — A case involving an alleged sexual assault on the Concord University campus has been referred to the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

A female student who said she had been sexually assaulted the evening of April 28 at a campus parking lot reported the incident April 29. An alert was sent to students and faculty on the university’s emergency alert system that same day. The Concord University Police Department and the Athens Police Department were investigating. The suspect was described as a white male who was approximately six feet tall.

Chief Mark Stella of the Concord University Police issued a statement Tuesday morning.

“The Concord University Police Department has reached a point in the investigation and concluded that the sexual assault did not occur on university property. The case has been referred to the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further review,” Stella said.

Stella declined to comment about the exact location of the alleged incident other than to say it was not on university property.

Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash was asked about the location of the alleged assault. He replied, “I cannot answer that right now.”

“I believe it is important to let the public know that the investigation has ruled out the Concord University campus and the town of Athens as crime scenes. I expect the Concord University Police to provide me an interim report in the next day or so, at which time I will refer the matter to the relevant police agency for further investigation,” Ash said.

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