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KU student charged with aggravated sexual battery, burglary

February 12, 2013

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A 20-year-old Kansas University student was charged Tuesday with aggravated sexual battery, among other offenses, in connection with an alleged sexual assault at Oliver Hall dormitory.

The male student was arrested Monday afternoon at Oliver Hall by KU Public Safety officers who were investigating an incident reported to have happened over the weekend, said KU Public Safety Capt. Schuyler Bailey. Bailey said the alleged victim, a 19-year-old KU student, and the student who was arrested were acquaintances.

The student who was arrested was booked into the Douglas County Jail about 4:30 p.m. Monday and appeared in Douglas County Court Tuesday afternoon via video from the jail. Douglas County prosecutors have charged him with aggravated sexual battery and aggravated burglary; each charge carries a penalty ranging from probation to more than 11 years in prison, depending on a person's criminal history. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal restraint, which can carry a sentence of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Judge Pro-Tem James George set bond at $20,000 with the condition that the defendant not return to the building where the alleged victim lives without notifying campus police. The defendant is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 11.

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