Tyler Junior College

Update: investigation continuing

Published Monday, 17th September 2012

TJC Police are continuing an investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a female TJC student.

Based upon an interview with the student, Campus Police now believe the alleged assault was not a random event and that there is no threat to others in the TJC community. Details of the reported assault are unclear, including the location, time, place and the description of the alleged perpetrator.

TJC police were summoned to East Texas Medical Center Sunday evening by Tyler Police, who were called after the arrival of a patient. TJC issued a "timely warning" notice to the campus community via emergency text, email and social media as soon as preliminary details were provided by initial interviews with the student and her relatives.

"Federal law governing educational institutions requires the immediate notification of a college community when a crime of this nature is reported," said TJC Police Chief Randy Melton. "Notification must be swift. Initial reports in this investigation warranted the immediate notice that was issued to the TJC community."

Police are continuing to piece together a timeline of events related to the alleged assault, including the whereabouts of the student and others whom she came in contact with Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Video surveillance is aiding in the investigation, Melton said.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said students, employees and visitors to TJC facilities should be confident of their safety.

"I continue to hear positive comments from parents, students and employees about the measures we take each day to ensure the safety of everyone who comes in contact with TJC," he said.

Metke said the main campus has more than 300 cameras that are monitored throughout each day and utilized in numerous investigations. The College’s civility task force meets weekly to review safety procedures and current events.

TJC Police officers are trained, licensed peace officers who patrol campus on foot, in vehicles and on bikes and motorized bikes 24 hours per day.

The College also utilizes an anonymous crime reporting tip system that allows for texted information to be delivered to Campus Police.

"Safety and civility are of utmost importance," Metke said. "We take all reports seriously and work to make certain no detail is overlooked. I’m confident of the work of our Campus Police in this and all investigative matters."

Author
Fred M. Peters

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