College Issues a Timely Warning on Off Campus Sex Offense

On Jan, 25, College of Charleston students received a Timely Warning e-mail in regard to an “Off Campus Sex Offense.” The incident occurred between 9:05 and 9:10 pm on Calhoun Street near Pitt Street.

In the email addressed to the College of Charleston student body, it stated that a “female victim was walking west on Calhoun Street near Pitt Street and was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect grabbed the victim’s breast and then ran to a dark gray or black pickup truck which was parked on Pitt Street just south of Calhoun Street. The suspect fled the area southbound on Pitt Street towards Bull Street.”

The school released this information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The suspect was described as a “White Male; Early to Mid 20s; 5’06”- 5’08”; Heavy Set; Dark Curly Hair; Mustache/Beard; Long Sleeve Brown Flannel Shirt; and Dark Color Pants.” The College made sure to state that the victim is never to blame, and that they strongly condemn this type of behavior.

The student body has yet to be updated by Public Safety; however, the Charleston Police as well as the Post and Courier have updated the public.

According to an article posted by the Post and Courier, Charleston police announced the arrest of a James Island resident late on Wednesday, Jan. 24. “Richard James Jarecki, a 23-year-old Hill Creek Road resident, was charged with one count of second-degree assault and battery, police said, adding that additional charges were pending,” the article states.

According to Sgt. Bob Beaudry of College of Charleston public safety, this sexual assault did not fall under the guidelines for the Clery Act. This act is made up of three guidelines: The crime must be a Clery crime-a sexual assault fits this category, it must be reported to police and it must occur on campus. This specific sexual assault fits two out of the three classifications, however it did not occur on campus. Due to this, the College did not have to report it as a Timely Warning; however, did so to act as a public service announcement.

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Authored by: Phoebe Mendelson

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