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Athens Police Department investigates report of gross sexual imposition

An 18-year-old woman reported an incident of alleged gross sexual imposition to the Athens Police Department on Friday. 

It is the fifth sex-related crime reported to local law enforcement since the beginning of Ohio University’s Fall Semester, according to previous Post reports.

The woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a known subject at about 2 a.m. at an East State Street apartment, according to an APD report.

The report indicates force was used during the incident and states that the incident is under investigation.

The Ohio Revised Code defines gross sexual imposition as non-consensual sexual contact in which the victim is 13 years old or younger, is substantially impaired by drugs or alcohol or is compelled to submit by use of force.

Gross sexual imposition can be a third or fourth-degree felony. A fourth-degree felony is punishable by six to 18 months in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. A third-degree felony is punishable by one to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

The Ohio University Police Department has received four reports of sex-related crimes since the beginning of Fall Semester, according to a previous Post report. The department has received three reports of rape and one report of solicitation.

In the last incident, a woman reported to OUPD on Oct. 2 that someone she knew had raped her in Washington Hall, according to a previous Post report.


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