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Local suspect charged in sexual battery case
Police: Suspect was friend of victim's boyfriend
Josh Andrew Lotson

Georgia Southern University police arrested a man Monday on sexual battery charges.

A female victim, a guest of a GSU student, told police her friend’s boyfriend, Josh Andrew Lotson, 23, Georgia Avenue, touched her inappropriately and made lewd suggestions, according to GSU police reports.

The victim, who is reported to live in Savannah, said she and her female friend had been at the Southern Villas clubhouse Friday night and returned to her friend’s apartment around midnight Saturday, reports said.

Lotson, her friend’s boyfriend, arrived around 12:30 a.m. and went into a bedroom with the friend.

The victim said she awoke around 4:50 a.m. and felt as if someone were “touching her or watching her,” but saw no one. She told officers she went to the bathroom and admonished her friend and Lotson to be quiet because they had been being loud, according to reports.

At this point Lotson made a comment, from the bedroom, that he had touched the victim’s buttocks. The victim sad she thought he was joking, reports said.

Lotson awoke the victim, who had slept on the couch, around 6:50 to tell her to lock the door behind him when he left.

The victim returned to sleep, and awoke about 10 minutes later on her stomach with her pants lowered and her shirt up, she said.

She told officers Lotson was on her, whispering lewd suggestions for sexual activity in her ear. She ordered him off of her, and then she called other friends to come pick her up.

Later, she said her friend and Lotson called to discuss the incident and Lotson admitted touching her private area and grabbing her. He apologized, and did so again via social media, according to reports.

Officers arrested Lotson Monday and he was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remained Tuesday with a $2,000 bond.

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

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