4 women now say same KU dorm-mate sexually assaulted them; after arrest he no longer lives in Oliver Hall

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Oliver Hall, located at 1815 Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus, is pictured Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Four female students have now told University of Kansas police that the same man — a dorm-mate in Oliver Hall — sexually assaulted them over the first few weeks of school.

As of Thursday, he remained enrolled but was no longer living in Oliver Hall.

The Journal-World reported Wednesday that the 18-year-old man was arrested early that morning on suspicion of aggravated criminal sodomy and sexual battery, but was released from jail later that day without being charged. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office sent the case back to police with a request for additional investigation.

One alleged victim had reported to police late Tuesday night that the man, an acquaintance who lived in the same dorm, touched her inappropriately multiple times between Aug. 28 and Aug. 30 in her room at Oliver Hall.

KU police have received three more reports from other women who live at Oliver Hall saying the same man also touched them inappropriately, Deputy Chief James Anguiano said Thursday.

All three reported to police this week that the man fondled them without their consent, according to the KU police department’s online crime reports.

One woman said the alleged sexual battery occurred between Aug. 23 and Aug. 25; one said her assault occurred Saturday; and one said her assault occurred Monday, the online reports indicate.

In an email response to an inquiry from the Journal-World, university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said Thursday that the man was enrolled as a student but was currently not a resident of Oliver Hall.

She did not answer whether he had been disciplined by university administration in connection with the women’s accusations.

“In consideration of federal privacy law, we will not discuss sanctions related to individual students,” Barcomb-Peterson said.

KU’s fall classes began Aug. 20, and students moved into the dorms the preceding week.

Oliver Hall, 1815 Naismith Drive, is co-ed. It’s one of KU’s only older dorms that has not been converted to suite-style living or apartments, instead featuring traditional double rooms with community bathrooms for each wing.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd