Third sexual assault reported to SDSU police in September

by Quinn Owen, Senior Staff Writer

Sharp Grossmont Hospital reported a sexual assault involving two San Diego State students to the SDSU Police Department around 6 p.m. Saturday after the assaulted woman came to the hospital for an examination and told staff about the incident.

SDSUPD Captain Joshua Mays said the assault was on university property. The department estimates it occurred around 5 p.m. the same evening it was reported.

Mays confirmed the suspect has been identified and interviewed by police but he was not arrested or detained. Police have verified both him and the woman assaulted knew each other.

“We are still piecing things together,” Mays said.

The department is waiting on a DNA, toxicology and biological examination from the hospital’s Sexual Assault Response Team. Mays said the SART report will help them determine the nature of the alleged assault.

“We believe she went to get checked as a result of the assault,” Mays said.

He did not confirm whether the woman sustained major injuries.

It remains unclear whether or not the two students were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault. Mays said this is a question the police hopes to answer after the findings of the SART report are released Tuesday.

This is the third sexual assault reported on or near SDSU in September.