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LSU investigating alleged on-campus sex crime involving student-athlete

2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, April 01 2021 Apr 1, 2021 April 01, 2021 4:17 PM April 01, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - LSU is investigating a reported sexual battery involving one of its student-athletes.

WBRZ received documents related to the crime Wednesday after first reaching out to university officials on March 26 about the incident. 

The initial police report said it happened Feb. 8 at the Gym Armory, which houses the Cox Auditorium, on Field House Drive. The victim identified the suspect as an LSU student-athlete, but that person's name was redacted from the report given to WBRZ.

The incident was first reported to LSU on March 25, according to the document. No other details about the crime were immediately provided.

The investigation comes as LSU says it's taking steps to address long-running problems related to how it reports sexual misconduct. Those issues were laid out in Husch Blackwell's Title IX review earlier this month. 

An LSU spokesperson released the following statement from the university Thursday.

"While we cannot comment on specifics of this incident for privacy reasons, namely to protect the identity of the survivor and to not deter victims or witnesses from coming forward in the future, we can assure you that all allegations are being shared with the appropriate departments and authorities. The university will handle this and any similar incidents using the proper protocols to ensure a complete and thorough investigation, along with providing all resources at our disposal to support survivors. We encourage anyone who learns of or experiences sexual assault or domestic abuse to report it so it can be acted on swiftly and appropriately."

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