MSU task force works to combat sexual assault on campus

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State University is creating an advisory committee to combat sexual assault on campus following two new alleged assault were documented.

Those alleged incidents occurred within a month from each other.

The Multi-disciplinary Task Force is an advisory committee combined of several campus offices including MSU campus police.

Its purpose is to find out how widespread sexual assault is on campus and try to stop it from occurring like the accusations recently made.

One of the alleged sexual assaults occurred on September 18 just before midnight inside a Legacy Hall dorm room.

A student filed a police report the following day with the Wichita Falls Police Department. WFPD informed campus police of the accusation.

MSU campus police took over the investigation. Chief of Police Patrick Coggins said they do have a suspect in the case.

Officers sent evidence which they found to a Texas DPS crime lab in Garland, Texas.

"We received reports that a sexual assault had occurred but that no formal complaint was filed," Chief of Police Coggins said. "No investigation was conducted as we don't have a complaining witness."

No arrests have been made yet. Another accusation has been made yet. Another accusation was made last week, October 11.

A campus safety authority (CSA) was told of the alleged attack occurring at Killingsworth Hall.

"At this particular time, we are still finalizing and completing our investigation," Chief of Police Coggins said. "Evidence was filed to the crime lab and we will be awaiting some additional evidence to be gathered before we submit our presentation to the district attorney's office."

That accusation was documented by campus police for documentation purposes only. The MSU community was informed of both sexual assault cases through a crime alert message.

Within the last six months, four on-campus sexual assault accusations were reported at the college.

Two other sexual assault accusations were made last semester and those investigations are now closed.

One case involved a former-MSU football player, Rodney Higgins Jr., and ended after the grand jury decided not to indict him.

The other case which was reported in May was suspended after the victim decided to withdraw their complaint. Both incidents were reported to occur at Killingsworth Hall.

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