A female student reported a sexual assault to the UA Police Department Sept. 6 that occured on UA property Aug. 2, according to the UAPD Daily Crime Log.
The student, 18, told police that a male acquaintance not affiliated with the university, 17, inappropriately fondled her when they were together on university property in the 2300 block of South Razorback Road, UAPD Capt. Gary Crain said.
“It’s just putting his hands where they should not have been, but there was no penetration,” Crain said.
It is difficult for UAPD officers to investigate because the sexual assault took place in early August, Crain said. The case is still active.
“On occasions like that, about the only evidence or avenue we have to investigate is to take statements from everybody who may have information about it,” Crain said.
The case is classified as second degree sexual assault, which is a Class B felony that could result in five to 20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine, according to the Arkansas Code. A person commits this when they engage in sexual contact with someone by force or without their consent.
Sexual contact means any act involving touching, whether over clothing or directly touching someone.
Judges do have some discretion on imposing a sentence, said Crain.
Because he is 17, prosecutors could charge the reported perpetrator as an adult or as a minor in juvenile court, Crain said. This case gives a prosecutor more options to think about when it comes to charges.