The Norman Transcript

October 23, 2012

Police look into 2nd UCO campus assault

By Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Norman Transcript

EDMOND — Police are still seeking the person who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at University of Central Oklahoma student housing, a spokesman said Monday.

At about 4:30 p.m. Friday UCO officers responded to a call about a possible rape between acquaintances in Central Plaza, university student housing at East Second Street and Baumann Avenue, according to an incident report released Monday by UCO.

The incident occurred from about 3 a.m. to 3:15 a.m. Friday, police said. The offender used alcohol and the motivation is unknown, police said. Other details about the circumstances surrounding the incident were not included in the report.

No arrests have been made in the incident, which involved acquaintances, UCO spokesman Charlie Johnson said Monday afternoon. Johnson said the incident was reported by a person who is not a UCO student. 

Johnson said there is not someone stalking and sexually assaulting students on campus. Student safety is a top priority for the relatively safe university, he said.

“We are very concerned and it’s upsetting,” Johnson said. “Police are investigating vigorously and actively. In addition to that we’re moving quickly to address the issues that lead to these kinds of things. We’ll get to the bottom of it and figure it out.” 

Either late Monday or early Tuesday administration would be releasing information on how to prevent sexual acquaintance assault to students in housing and in Greek life housing, Johnson said. The information will reinforce information routinely disseminated during orientation weeks, he said. 

Resident assistants also will have floor meetings in the dorms to talk about the same issues, Johnson said. More than 17,000 students are enrolled at UCO. Many commute to and from the Edmond campus. 

In the previous incident, Oklahoma County prosecutors filed a felony sexual battery charge against Elvis J. Perkins, 33, of Guthrie, on Oct. 9, according to court records. The victim struck up an acquaintance with the defendant who was not a UCO student, Johnson said.

Perkins, who has entered a plea of not guilty in court, faces a preliminary hearing conference on Nov. 1. His attorney information was not available in online court records.

On Sept. 23, Perkins approached a first-year male student on the campus and asked to see his dorm room, police said. The alleged assault, which involved inappropriate touching, occurred inside the room, police said.

 Perkins was being held on $5,000 bond.

Johnson said during his 12 years at UCO, he can’t recall two such incidents occurring so close together.

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