The Ohio University Police Department received a report for a gross sexual imposition that happened Tuesday.
A woman was walking east on the pedestrian trail through Emeriti Park when she passed the suspect sitting off to the side on the path. She reported that she passed the suspect and said the suspect grabbed her backpack from behind. She elbowed him off her bag. He then grabbed her hand and butt.
The victim reported she struck the suspect in the head, used her pepper spray on him and was able to leave the area.
The suspect is a college-age white man, about 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, described as “skinny” with light-colored, short facial hair. He was wearing a plain blue hooded sweatshirt with its hood up and white basketball shorts.
The case is under investigation.
This is the 11th report of sexual assault to OUPD and the Athens Police Department since the Fall Semester began.
This is the first report of sexual imposition to OUPD. OUPD has received three reports of rape since Aug. 25.
APD has received four reports of rape, including one that reportedly happened in May, and three reports of sexual imposition.