Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Bakersfield College student who claimed she was sexually assaulted twice by a man on campus last week has recanted, saying the sex was consensual.

At 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, BC reported the student’s claim. But by 5 p.m. the college said Bakersfield police had determined that a crime had not been committed.

The female student said she was approached by the man on the north side of the Student Services building last Wednesday afternoon. She said the suspect walked her to the GET bus stop on Panorama Drive, then to the Fine Arts building, where he sexually assaulted her in a men’s restroom.

Some time after the first assault, the woman claimed she left the building and encountered the man again. He assaulted her a second time, in a men’s room of the Student Services building, she said.

The woman described the suspect as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and slightly overweight, with black, curly hair and a moustache. She said he had tattoos on his right wrist and right upper chest, and was wearing a gray shirt, black shorts and black shoes with white laces.

Amber Chiang, BC spokeswoman, said earlier Tuesday that the woman was attending summer school and had talked to a mental health professional on campus after the supposed attacks.

Chiang said the woman had walked around campus with officers and showed them exactly where was taken by the suspect. The woman also said she saw the man at the Campus Center around 11 a.m. a day after the alleged incidents.

Bakersfield Police Department spokeswoman Michaela Beard said no charges will be filed against the woman.