Photo released of suspect in West Chester University indecent assault

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April 24, 2014 7:01:24 PM PDT
Authorities have released surveillance images of a man wanted in connection with an indecent assault incident at West Chester University.

It happened Wednesday night at the Francis Harvey Green Library.

A female student says a man between 50 and 60 was lurking in her area, and minutes later, the student felt a hand on her leg.

She screamed and the man ran out of the library.

Meanwhile, police are also looking for a man who tried to carjack a West Chester student on Sharpless Street.

The student refused to get out of her car, drove off, and was not hurt.

This incident is just the latest in a string of sexual assaults at West Chester University. Before this assault there were three reported rapes in the past several weeks.

The university released a statement Thursday afternoon, which read:

"In light of the incidents that have been reported over the past four weeks, it is understandable that students and parents would be concerned about safety on campus.

While information regarding recent incidents at West Chester University has been reported in detail through University safety alerts and postings on its Public Safety web site, it is important to note that none of the sexual assaults as reported to the University were forcible rapes.

Under the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act, WCU is required to report crime statistics as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Sexual assaults, as defined by this program, are "statutory rape, offenses against chastity, common decency, morals and the like. Attempts are included."

No campus is entirely isolated from crime and West Chester University is no exception. However, WCU has developed policies and implemented procedures in order to increase safety and security awareness and to provide precautionary measures for all campus community members.

We encourage students to report any such incidents, even if they, themselves, are not directly involved. While the sexual assaults have not involved forcible rape, the University considers all these incidents serious and is responding within the bounds of the law.

We want our students to feel safe and enjoy their experience at WCU. In response to these latest incidents, the Public Safety department is increasing bike patrols, as well as the visibility of its police officers in residence halls and academic buildings.

Public Safety officers also will be attending floor meetings to address student concerns and remind them of precautions they should take as well: locking room doors, securing lap tops and valuables, using the department' s walking escort, contacting Public Safety if they notice suspicious activity, and walking in well-lit areas and with a partner off campus. Public Safety also will be reminding and encouraging students to sign up for the WCU alert."

If you recognize the man in the picture you are urged to contact police.


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