Man who was initially arrested and released now charged with sex crime on KU campus

photo by: Chris Conde

Madison A. and Lila M. Self Hall is pictured Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 1620 Engel Road on the University of Kansas campus.

A man who was arrested last fall but released at that time has now been charged with a sex crime reported on the University of Kansas campus.

Hayden B. Gragg, 19, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was arrested on the charges this week, released on $500 bond and ordered to appear in court later this month, according to jail records.

He’s charged with one count of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, for allegedly touching an 18-year-old woman without her consent in September of 2018, according to the complaint filed in Douglas County District Court, provided by the district attorney’s office.

Gragg was first arrested in October 2018 on suspicion of a high-level felony — rape — the same day a female KU student reported to police that she’d been sexually assaulted a few weeks earlier in her dorm room at Self Hall, 1620 Engel Road, KU police said previously. The male suspect, a KU student, lived in another Daisy Hill dorm.

KU police sent an affidavit to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, which decided not to file charges without more information, Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the DA, said in an email. She said the DA’s office received the full police reports in November.

“A thorough case review was completed and a charging decision was made based upon all the information available to us,” Wright Kunard said.

Charges against Gragg were filed in April, and he was arrested on the warrant Tuesday. A man by the same name was listed as a current KU student in the university directory.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd