Whitney: Police Working Hard to Apprehend Sexual Assault Suspect, Patrols Increased

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion University President Karen M. Whitney issued a statement this afternoon in response to a sexual assault incident on campus earlier this week.

Police are investigating a sexual assault that reportedly occurred on campus between 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday, February 9. The male suspect then allegedly grabbed the female by the waist, pushed her to the wall, and assaulted her. He then allegedly fled the area.

Clarion University President Karen M. Whitney, Ph.D, released the following statement late Thursday afternoon:

I am writing to let you know that the Clarion University law enforcement and administration continue to aggressively work to determine and apprehend the suspect in the Feb. 10 assault case.  The safety of our students, employees and community is a great priority and concern. The university is working with local and state law enforcement agencies.

Please also know that many are supporting the student who was assaulted and their family during this difficult time.

We will continue to keep the university community and public informed and ask anyone who may have information helpful to the investigation to contact the university police at 393-2111.

We continue to follow up on new information that has come in since the crime alert, including conversations with the survivor. Clarion University Police has increased police patrols in the area.  We now know that the suspect is between the age of 20 to mid-30’s.

As we continue to pursue this suspect, I encourage everyone to follow these safety tips:

  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Stay close to friends and do not interact with strangers.
  • Do not approach suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Avoid using devices that impair your hearing or sight while walking.
  • Report any suspicious incidents, persons or vehicles to the Clarion University Police at 814-393-2111, or off campus to the Clarion Borough Police or Pennsylvania State Police via 911.

More information will be shared as it becomes available to us.

Thank you.

Dr. Karen M. Whitney, President


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