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Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:16 am

Witnesses save Purdue student from strangulation attack
Steven Porter 6:34 a.m. EDT September 10, 2014
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West Lafayette resident Boda Wu, 21, was charged Tuesday with criminal confinement and battery after he allegedly choked a Purdue University student on campus.

The victim told investigators she was on her way to board a bus for a student organization trip when Wu, whom she’d never met, approached her without saying a word and wrapped a white phone cord around her neck, court documents state.

After the woman was able to free herself from the cord and scream for help, Wu allegedly got on top of her and began squeezing her throat with both his hands, preventing her from breathing or screaming, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Several people who heard the woman scream then came to her aid, striking Wu in the head and pulling him off the victim, court documents state.

Douglas Laffoon, a corrections officer for Newton County, was preparing to drive the bus of students to their event when the attack took place about 9 a.m. Aug. 31 on Purdue Mall Drive.

Laffoon placed Wu on the ground and stood over him until Purdue police arrived, court documents state.

Wu was charged with criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, a Level 3 felony; battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony; criminal confinement resulting in bodily injury, a Level 5 felony; strangulation, a Level 6 felony; and battery, a Level 6 felony.

Purdue police Detective Michael Boesch reportedly observed serious injuries to the victim, including “bruising and abrasions on her throat and jaw, scratches and bruising to her shoulder” and a small hemorrhage on the white of her eye, the affidavit states.

Although the probable cause affidavit makes no mention of a possible motive, investigators plan to pore over Wu’s personal effects for answers.

A search warrant signed Sept. 2 by Tippecanoe County Magistrate Sean Persin authorized police to look for evidence in the items Wu brought with him to Tippecanoe County Jail.

The warrant expressly permits detectives to forensically examine any electronic devices in Wu’s possession for “any phone numbers, internet activity, text messages, emails, contact lists, search history, notes, documents or other electronically stored data or information which may be evidence of Wu’s state of mind or motive, would show any knowledge of or contact with Wu’s alleged victims, or would be evidence related to committing battery/assault offenses.”

The document mentions multiple victims because officers believe Wu was involved in another unprovoked on-campus attack Aug. 30. Two people were en route to the student union when a man matching Wu’s description began punching and kicking them, court documents state. ... /15376591/
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Re: Campus Crime

Postby st michael jr » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:05 pm

This sounds like one sick SOB. I am glad others were able to stop him before he seriously hurt or killed her. Looks like he got some street justice!
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Re: Campus Crime

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:21 am

New step for Notre Dame rape investigations
Prosecutor now called when sex assaults reported to campus police


New step for Notre Dame rape investigations
Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
When Notre Dame Security Police receive a report of a sexual assault on campus, a deputy county prosecutor is now immediately called and dispatched to campus, County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said Monday during a news conference.SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 7:02 am, Tue Sep 1, 2015.
By Margaret Fosmoe South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — When a case of alleged rape was reported early Friday on the University of Notre Dame campus, something new happened.
Campus police immediately contacted the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office, which immediately sent a deputy prosecutor to campus to work with police.

It's a new protocol that was established over the summer. The procedure will be used in all cases of rape or other sexual assault that are reported to Notre Dame campus police, County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said Monday.
"I think it went off well," Cotter said, saying a deputy prosecutor was on campus within a half hour of being notified early Friday and he himself went to campus about 7 a.m. Friday.

The same protocol has long been used by the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit, a trained police unit that investigates all cases of sexual assault reported in South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County except on the Notre Dame campus. Notre Dame has chosen not to participate in the SVU. NDSP officers notify SVU of sex assault reports but handle the investigations themselves.
A deputy prosecutor on the scene doesn't do the investigating himself or herself. That's the job of police, Cotter said. The deputy prosecutor is there to confer with police and look for evidence that could be used if the case goes to criminal trial, he said.
A deputy prosecutor may ask that a police officer ask specific questions of suspects or witnesses, or gather specific evidence related to the case, Cotter said. The deputy prosecutor also can help secure search warrants, he said.
Cotter said the new procedure was developed during discussions between his office and NDSP.
Two other cases — one an alleged rape and the other an alleged sexual battery — were reported Sunday to university administrators. Because the victims chose not to report those cases to police, the prosecutor's office was not called in on those cases, Cotter said.
If an incident of sexual assault or misconduct is reported to campus administrators but not to police, the university is required to investigate it as a possible violation of Title IX, federal civil rights law, but there is no police investigation.
"The protocol worked as intended — smoothly and with alacrity," Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said in a written statement. "Of the three recently reported incidents, one is being investigated by the Notre Dame Security Police, supported by County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter, who personally responded swiftly along with a deputy prosecutor."
In the two other cases, according to Browne, the complainants decided against law enforcement involvement for now, but the cases are being pursued administratively by the university.
Cotter on Monday also reiterated something he announced in May: Victims of assault on the Notre Dame campus are free to report their cases directly to the SVU and have the cases investigated by county officers, rather than campus police.
"They have that right," Cotter said in May. "County police can go anywhere. County police jurisdiction is all of St. Joseph County."
Students at Notre Dame and neighboring Saint Mary's College had previously been told for years to report to Notre Dame police if they were victims of sexual assault on the Notre Dame campus.
Regarding reporting incidents of sexual assault, du Lac, Notre Dame's online student handbook lists the contact information for NDSP and states: "If the incident occurred on Notre Dame property, NDSP, a duly authorized police agency in the state of Indiana, is an appropriate agency with which to file a report."
Over the summer, the university added the following: "On campus incidents may also be reported to the St. Joseph County Police Department (574-235-9611)." It is unclear how many students have heard about that addition.
"In addition to the material in du Lac, students meet individually with our deputy Title IX coordinator who specifically references the option of having the county SVU conduct the investigation," according to Browne.
The three cases over the weekend occurred in men's residence halls. Notre Dame students received an email alert Friday about the first case, and another email alert on Sunday afternoon about the two other cases.
The email alerts also were sent to administrators at neighboring Saint Mary's, who forwarded them to Saint Mary's students and employees.
The issue of college sexual assault has attracted national attention recently, in part because of a 2015 documentary film, "The Hunting Ground," which takes a critical look at the handling of sex assault cases at various campuses, including Notre Dame.
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Re: Campus Crime

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:10 am

Notre Dame police investigate Facebook posts


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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 7:54 am | Updated: 8:05 am, Wed Sep 2, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
SOUTH BEND — The Notre Dame Security Police department is investigating a complaint about Facebook posts by a recent graduate that raised concerns, according to an alert posted on the NDSP website.
Students were notified of the investigation by an email alert from the university early Wednesday.
The recent graduate was not named in the police alert and details of the social media posts were not provided, but some people apparently considered the posts potentially threatening.
"NDSP has identified and has been in contact with the individual and his family," the police alert states.
Anyone with information about this matter should call campus police at 574-631-5555. ... dad60.html
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Re: Campus Crime

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:49 pm

Indiana University ethics director resigns after sex assault allegations


IU ethics director resigns in wake of allegations
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Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016 1:04 pm | Updated: 5:17 pm, Fri Feb 26, 2016.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University's director of student ethics has resigned, nearly three months after a woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her at a conference in Texas, school officials said Friday.
IU said in a statement that Jason Casares had tendered his resignation effective immediately. The school said it would say nothing else about his departure because it is a personnel matter.
But Casares' attorney, Tony Paganelli, said his client resigned after IU officials told him he could either resign or face termination. He said IU had concerns about whether Casares "could credibly preside over student sexual assault investigations after having been very publicly accused of sexual assault himself."
"Jason wanted to do what was best for IU and his family" and opted to resign, Paganelli said in a statement. He added that his client "adamantly denies" the woman's sexual assault allegations.
Casares was hired in 2011 as the student ethics officer and a deputy Title IX coordinator for IU's Bloomington, Indiana, campus.
School officials placed him on administrative leave in early February after a woman alleged in an open letter posted on social media that he had sexually assaulted her in December during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors' annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
"I made the mistake of letting my guard down while socializing with Jason about Association business. Jason took advantage of me after I had had too much to drink," the woman, Jill Creighton, said in her letter.

Creighton declined to comment Friday on Casares' resignation from IU.
Casares has not been charged in the alleged sexual assault.
But Cpl. Tracey Knight of the Fort Worth Police Department said Friday the department continues to investigate the woman's allegations and had received her complaint on Dec. 9.
Creighton is the assistant director of global community standards at New York University. She's also a board member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration — the group to which she had addressed her open letter after she had initiated impeachment proceedings against Casares, who was ASCA's president-elect at that time.
Casares resigned from his incoming post with ASCA during those impeachment proceedings.
Creighton said in her letter she decided to come forward with her allegations against Casares after she said ASCA refused to cancel a session where he was scheduled to speak after his resignation.
ASCA said in a statement in early February to its membership that after Creighton's complaint was filed with the group on Dec. 10, an independent investigator was hired to conduct an inquiry and present its findings to the board.
As a result of that investigation, the group's statement reads, her "claims could not be substantiated."
IU spokesman Mark Land said Friday the university had been investigating "the allegations against Casares and his overall handling of the situation" but that probe has ended because Casares is no longer a school employee.
An IU professor emeritus has been tapped to review 18 sexual misconduct cases from the past academic year that went to hearings before a panel Casares sat on. Land said that review is ongoing. ... 4924d.html
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Re: Campus Crime

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:43 pm

Dear Notre Dame Community,
Since July 5, there have been four armed robberies to pedestrians in the northeast area of South Bend. Three of the robberies have taken place in the neighborhood just south of the Notre Dame campus. The robberies near campus have all occurred between 6 and 8 a.m. In these cases there have been two suspects who approached pedestrians, displayed a handgun and took purses, wallets, and cell phones. The suspects are described as two black males in their late teens to early twenties with thin or skinny builds and from 5’8” to 5’11” tall. One suspect appears to usually wear red or black shorts and the other has worn long dark colored pants. Both were wearing hooded sweatshirts that were red or black in color.
The South Bend Police Department is actively investigating these robberies. If you have any information, please contact the South Bend Detective Bureau at 574-235-9263 or contact Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or online at The South Bend Police will have a presence in the area to deter crime as well.
To reduce the risk of robbery, please consider the following safety tips:
• Arrange for safe transportation.
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
• If you decide to walk, walk in groups. This may reduce the risk, but not always.
• If someone is approaching you, consider crossing the street or getting quickly to a location where there are other people.
• If someone does approach you with a weapon and demands your property, it is best to give them the property.
• If you are the victim of a robbery, try to get as much descriptive information as possible and immediately call 9-1-1. Note height, weight, race, hair color and style, clothing, facial hair or other facial features, scars, marks or tattoos. Listen for them to say names if there are multiple people. Note which direction they go when they leave.
The Notre Dame Security Police Department
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