Police seek information about alleged Nov. 1 incident

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Penn State University Police are giving notice of an act of violence reported to have occurred near the intersection of Shortlidge Road and College Avenue, on the University Park campus.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- University Police have received a report of forcible fondling, alleged to have occurred between about 2:14 and 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 1 near the intersection of Shortlidge Road and College Avenue. Shortlidge Road at College Avenue is located in the south central portion of campus, adjacent to Atherton Residence Hall.

The suspect is described as a college-aged male wearing a dark jacket and a dark Cossack hat with hear flaps. The victim, a student and resident of Hamilton Hall, reported that the suspect, who is unknown to her, forcibly grabbed her buttocks. Forcible fondling is defined as the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the University community. It is the duty of the institution to warn of possible “dangerous conditions” on or near the campus, and at affiliate organizations off campus; an “affirmative duty” exits to warn persons associated with this University of possible peril at the hands of some third party or parties.

Residents are reminded to:

-- Never walk alone. Call 814-865-WALK for a free security escort.
-- Report suspicious behavior to University Police immediately.

Anyone with information that might be helpful in this investigation should contact the University Police by telephone at 814-863-1111; in person at 26 Eisenhower Parking Deck; or anonymously through the University Police's Silent Witness website, at http://www.police.psu.edu/witness. Information can also be reported to the Center County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99CRIME. A cash reward of up to $1,000 could be awarded to the individual(s) that provided the information that leads to an arrest.

Last Updated November 01, 2012