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Claxton man charged in rape at GS apartment complex
GS police reports: Suspect has an Eagle ID number but is not currently a registered GS student
Conner Hawkin Kennedy
Conner Hawkin Kennedy

A Claxton man was arrested Wednesday on charges of rape three days after a woman told police she had been sexually assaulted at a Georgia Southern University apartment complex.

According to Bulloch County Jail booking reports, Conner Hawkin Kennedy, 19, of Turnpike Road in Claxton, was arrested Wednesday by Georgia Southern University police on charges of rape. Jail records Monday showed Kennedy remains incarcerated without bond, awaiting further court hearings.

A GS media release submitted to the Statesboro Herald Sept. 9 listed the incident as a rape but provided no details. A records request submitted later that day seeking additional information was not filled until Monday, Sept. 16, and only included supplemental reports, not the original incident report or an arrest report.

According to information in the supplemental reports, the female victim reported being sexually assaulted in her bedroom at University Villas around 3 a.m. Sept. 8, which was a Sunday.

Reports stated she told officers she did want to prosecute the matter. She was taken to The Teal House, a sexual assault counseling center in Statesboro, where she submitted to a sexual assault (rape) kit and was advised by nurses and GS officers of available medical and counseling resources.

GS officers also collected evidence from the victim's bedroom, including clothing and linens, reports stated. The victim denied immediate medical attention aside from the sexual assault kit. A GS officer escorted her back to her residence afterward.

According to the supplemental reports from GS police, Kennedy has an Eagle ID number but is not currently a registered GS student.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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