Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 10, 2014

Mercer Sheriff’s Dept. to investigate alleged sexual assault report

PRINCETON — A sexual assault case that was first reported at the Concord University campus in Athens is now being investigated by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

The alleged incident was reported on April 29 by a female student who said she had been sexually assaulted the evening of April 28 at a campus parking lot. Students and faculty were informed about the case the morning of April 29 by the university’s emergency alert system. The Concord Police Department and the Athens Police Department investigated.

On May 6, Chief Mark Stella of the Concord University Police issued a statement.

“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 at that time to comment about the exact location of the alleged incident other than to say it was not on university property.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Friday that the case has been assigned to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. The alert originally stated that the alleged assault had taken place outdoors in a campus parking lot.

“Right now, it’s currently under investigation,” Detective Cpl. Steven Sommers said Friday. “It’s been determined that the alleged assault occurred in the Princeton area outside the city limits.”

The alleged victim was a Concord University student, he said.

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