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Alleged attacker charged

October 27, 2011

By Brian Mitchell

A Cleveland State student was allegedly sexually assaulted inside Euclid Commons on Oct. 2. University police transported the victim to the hospital. The victim did not have any physical injuries.

According CSU police, the alleged suspect is CSU student and Euclid Commons resident Seth Pierce.

Pierce was arraigned on one count of rape in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 4. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 bond. In Ohio, individuals convicted of rape face a minimum of five years in prison.

“The alleged suspect has been banned from campus pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings,” CSU Dean of Students Jim Drnek said in an email to students.
A friend of the victim called campus police to report a sexual assault. According to CSU police, officers spoke with the victim, who said the alleged suspect forced himself upon her and had non-consensual intercourse with her. Police went to Pierce’s Euclid Commons dorm room and found him asleep in his bed. He was taken into custody and questioned by detectives.

“A complete review of our safety policies and procedures is under review to help prevent further incidents,” Drnek said. “School administrators have met once and are meeting again on Oct. 31 to discuss campus safety. “We are also looking for feedback from students on campus safety issues.”

Drenk also provided tips on how students can stay safe.

“Be aware of your surroundings. Problems can be avoided if you are aware of what and who is around you. Know your personal limits and communicate your boundaries. Excessive use of alcohol and drugs interferes with clear thinking and effective communication,” Drenk said in an email.

For more information on sexual assault prevention students should contact CSU police at 216-687-2020.