No criminal charges filed in alleged sexual assault on campus

By Cory Lesniak

River Forest police officers announced today that no criminal charges were filed against the person of interest in the alleged sexual assault of a female freshman resident.

The victim and the person of interest, a campus guest, were at a party on campus Oct. 10. Police confirmed alcohol played a role in the incident. The person of interest walked the student back to her dorm late that night.

On the morning of Oct. 11, the student reported on assault to Campus Security and requested to be transported to a nearby hospital where a rape kit was used. River Forest police officers were dispatched to Dominican at 10:05 a.m.

The person of interest turned himself in on Oct. 13 to RFPD officers. Members from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Felony Review Unit were waiting to take statements from all parties involved.

RFPD Deputy Chief James O’Shea said, “Cook County officials spent about eight hours conducting interviews with approximately eight to 10 witnesses, the victim, and the person of interest.”

“With primary statements from witnesses and the victim and person of interest the Cook County State’s Attorney’s felony unit determined not to press charges,” said O’Shea.

The 22-year-old Chicago resident was released from police custody late Monday.

Any further investigation will be conducted by the university, police said.

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