Police Investigate Library Sex Assault Allegation at GW

Student says a man fondled her inside Gelman Library

By Michelle Tetu
|  Monday, Feb 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:31 PM EDT
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Police Investigate Library Sex Assault Allegation at GW

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The George Washington University

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George Washington University officials issued a crime alert Wednesday after a student reported she had been assaulted by a man at Gelman Library.

The student said she was on the first floor of the library at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14. She was assisting a man when he put his hands down her pants and up her shirt, according to the crime alert. It's not clear how she was assisting the suspect.

After the alleged incident, the student ran away.

The man -- described as 35 to 45 years old, 6-feet-5 inches tall and 265 pounds -- left the library.

Now officials are going through the library logs to see if the suspect had a GWorld swipe card or signed the visitor's log at the front desk. 

The student did not report the incident to University Police until Tuesday evening, nor did she file a report with the Metropolitan Police Department, the GW Hatchet school newspaper reported.

In October 2009, a student was attacked in Duques Hall by a man wielding a hammer.  The student was transported to a hospital after being hit in the head.  DC Police said  that crime was an isolated incident.

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