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Penn State Police Investigating Indecent Assault Report

by on May 04, 2014 9:00 AM

Penn State police are warning students to be alert after a report of an indecent assault on campus.

The incident happened in South Residence Halls early Saturday morning.

According to investigators, a student was touched inappropriately at approximately 1:45 a.m. The victim told police it happened near the south loading dock outside McElwain Hall.

The suspect is described as a college-aged man, 5’5” tall, with dark hair and thick eyebrows. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark sweatpants.

A notice from police says "it can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the University community."

Police also urge everyone to follow these safety tips:

  • Avoid traveling alone at night. Walk with a friend or use the Safe Walk Service at 865-WALK (9255).
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help. Use the buddy system and watch out for each other.
  • If you feel you are being followed, cross the street, yell, run and look for a well-lit area or occupied building.

If you have any information about this indecent assault you should contact Penn State University Police at (814) 863-1111. You can file a report anonymously by clicking HERE.

You could be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000, by emailing a tip to Centre County Crimestoppers  at

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