Eastern Kentucky University has released a heavily redacted police report about a rape reported on campus late last week.
Citing an Open Records exemption that allows law enforcement agencies to withhold information that may cause harm to an investigation if it’s released prematurely, the university redacted about two-thirds of the statement written by the responding EKU police officer.
The forcible sex offense was reported to EKU police at 7:26 p.m. Saturday, according to the report. Although the university redacted where the incident took place, it is listed as Dupree Hall on the online EKU daily crime and safety log.
The report indicates through the use of feminine pronouns that the person who reported the crime is a woman and that she also is a student. All names were redacted from the report.
The person accused of raping the woman was known to her, according to the report.
The responding officer, Pamela Hodge, wrote that she was dispatched to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center at 7:36 p.m. after receiving a call about a sexual assault.
The person reporting the crime told the officer she was in a dorm on campus at midnight, spending time with friends. Those friends were two students and one nonstudent, according to the report.
The report stated that “all subjects were drinking and hanging out in the room.”
Some of the people left the room, and after this point in the narrative the redactions are so heavy — 11 lines are blacked out — that what occurred next is impossible to determine from the report.
The officer wrote that after getting the woman’s statement, she was taken to a Saint Joseph hospital where a sexual-assault collection kit was performed. However, whether this was a Berea or Lexington hospital is unclear, as facilities in both city’s use the Saint Joseph name.
A Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center representative was at the hospital to talk to the woman, the report stated.
The officer also collected “her clothes from the sexual assault,” according to the report.
“At this time (redacted) does not know if she wants to press charges,” the officer wrote.
However, a crime can be prosecuted whether the accuser cooperates or not, according to Assistant Madison Cou-nty Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith.
“A victim does not determine whether a prosecution proceeds,” she said.
The Richmond Register does not print the names of people who report being victims of sexual crimes. In most cases, the Register also does not print the name of a person accused of a crime unless formal charges have been filed.
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