Crime

USM student accused of sexual battery against another student on Hattiesburg campus

Bond has been set at $10,000 for an 18-year-old Southern Miss student charged with sexual battery of another student.

The Montgomery, Alabama, resident was ordered to stay off campus and have no contact with the female victim until the case is resolved.

A Southern Miss student reported the incident to a McCarty Hall resident assistant, who informed the University Police Department at approximately 4 p.m. Friday. UPD arrested the suspect late Friday.

The student is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the victim without her consent, Forrest County Justice Court Judge Pat Causey said.

Some of the suspect’s family and friends, including his father, attended the initial court appearance Monday.

The suspect told the judge he is a National Guardsman. He said his first semester at Southern Miss was summer 2016. He said he also attended classes in the spring and was starting his third semester last week.

According to a press release from the university, the suspect will also be subject to student disciplinary action under the USM Student Code of Conduct.

The Hattiesburg American requested a copy of the incident report, but has not yet received it.

The Sun Herald does not identify victims of sexual assault or suspects, unless there is more than one charge, the suspect is indicted or is in a position of trust or authority over the victim.

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