Friday, December 16, 2011

Alleged sexual assault case at SAU proven false

Since the alleged sexual assault charge on Oct. 23 on the campus of Spring Arbor University (SAU), the charges have been dropped. An SAU student, 22, made the claim, which was then investigated by Thomas Fiero and the Jackson County police.

The student claimed a man knocked on her door, forced his way into her room and raped her. According to a recent article in the Jackson Citizen Patriot, after interviewing the suspect, the police discovered he was away that weekend at a wedding. The claim was then disproved.

The student was jailed Thursday, Dec. 1 in Jackson and charged with a felony. She was arraigned Friday, Dec. 2.

“[The student is] out on a personal recognisance bond,” said Fiero, director of Campus Safety at SAU. This means she does not have to pay anything unless she doesn’t show up for next court date, which is Friday, Dec. 9.

Due to the alleged sexual assault reports, Fiero along with three directors of SAU Student Development, Kim Hayworth, Bobby Pratt, and Dan Vander Hill have made the decision to keep outer doors of campus dormitories locked 24/7.