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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 11:19 am

A-State police are investigating the third reported rape of the fall semester.

According to a university police report, a mandatory reporter came forward on Nov. 15 to police after learning of a sexual assault that occurred on campus.

The incident allegedly occurred on Nov. 6. The third party reporter, a student working in residence life, stated that the victim did not want to come forward to police.

Bill Smith, executive director of marketing and communication at the university, told the Jonesboro Sun that a campus security notice, which is released under the Clery Act, was not distributed to students because the suspect is known.

“All parties were known to each other in this incident,” Smith said.

University police are still investigating two other reported sexual assaults that occurred on campus earlier this semester.

According to a UPD incident report, a 20-year-old female student reported being sexually assaulted at the Northpark Quads the morning of Oct. 2. Corporal Tracy Fleetwood was dispatched to NEA Baptist Hospital in reference to a report of s exual assault that had already taken place.

The victim told Fleetwood that she was sexually assaulted by a known male between 2:45 and 5 a.m.

A 19-year-old male student is listed as a potential suspect. His name has not been released.

No further investigative details have been released, and no campus security notice was released, as the all parties were known to each other.

University police responded to a similar, unrelated report on Sept. 10.

According to a campus security notice, University Police were advised that a student was sexually assaulted by an unknown male at a Northpark Quad residence.

According to an incident report, officers responded to St. Bernard’s ER in reference to a report of a sexual assault that had already occurred. The victim stated that she believed she was assaulted during the early morning hours on Sept. 10.

“Our officers are maintaining contact with both individuals to provide them with updates when available,” Smith told the Jonesboro Sun. “We have received some reports back from the evidence submitted to the state crime lab related to the first incident and are pursuing leads related to them.”

UPD has encouraged anyone with information to contact the agency at 870-972-2093.

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