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Georgia Southern investigating alleged rapes, sexual assaults
GSU police

Since September, Georgia Southern University police have arrested two men and took reports on six rape/sexual assault incidents. Two of those reports, made by alleged victims this month, reportedly occurred two years ago in 2017, while one took place in 2018 and another this year, according to information from the GS records department.

Last week, two more rape incidents were reported, according to daily statements issued to the media.

An assault reported Monday at Southern Pines was listed as “unreportable,” due to the victim not wanting to file a complaint, said GS police incident reports. The victim did go to a sexual assault counseling center.

Freedom of Information Act records requests issued regarding a rape reported Tuesday at Freedom’s Landing were not filled by late Friday. A representative in the GS Records Office told the Statesboro Herald the report was not yet available from GS police.

According to reports, Conner Hawkin Kennedy, 19, of Turnpike Road in Claxton, was charged in a rape reported to have taken place at University Villas around 3 a.m. Sept. 8.

Last week, a man who was later found not guilty at trial, was charged in a rape that reportedly occurred in October 2018 in an unspecified location.

It was later last week when victims reported the sexual assault incidents that took place in 2017.

A request for an interview with a counselor with the GS Sexual Assault Team was not granted. Questions sent to the GS public relations department regarding safety tips on rape prevention, as well as statistics regarding college and university rape reports, were not answered.

The Statesboro Herald will provide a more detailed report on the reported rape incidents, as well as information on safety tips and advice on how to avoid such dangerous situations, when the requested information is received.


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

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