EDMOND — A woman who was raped at the University of Central Oklahoma Friday isn't a UCO student, officials said Monday.
An 18-year-old woman reported being raped at 3 a.m. Friday in Central Plaza, a UCO residence hall. According to a campus police incident report, the woman knew her attacker.
Campus police are seeking a “person of interest” in the case. University officials haven't released that person's name, but UCO spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles said the person is a male UCO student.
According to the incident report, the attacker was drinking at the time of the incident. Nobles said university officials don't know whether the victim had been drinking at the time. Alcohol is banned on campus at UCO.
The incident is the second sexual assault UCO has seen in the past month. The Oklahoma County sheriff's warrant team arrested a Guthrie man last week on a sexual battery complaint in a Sept. 23 incident.
The suspect, Elvis J. Perkins, 33, was arraigned Thursday, according to court documents. Perkins is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male student in a dorm room in Murdaugh Hall, a men's dormitory.
UCO had two reported forcible sexual offenses in 2010, the most recent year for which records are available, according to data collected under the federal 1990 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
There also were two forcible sexual offenses reported in 2009 and one in 2008.
Given the rarity with which sexual offenses have reported on campus in the past, UCO officials are alarmed that two incidents have happened within a month, said UCO spokesman Charlie Johnson.
Johnson, who has worked at the university for 12 years, said he can't remember another instance in which two sexual offenses were reported so closely together.
University officials plan to distribute leaflets with information on sexual assault, particularly among acquaintances, Johnson said.
The university is also requiring dorm resident assistants to hold floor meetings to address the issue of sexual assault.