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December 11, 2012

Police spokesman: FarmHouse fraternity members, others victims of sexual assaults

STILLWATER, Okla. — A criminal investigation launched by Stillwater police into a series of sexual assaults allegedly committed by a former FarmHouse fraternity member at Oklahoma State University  is gathering steam.

"The facts that are coming forward at this time are that a suspect is alleged to have committed numerous sexual assaults on an, as of yet, undetermined number of young men," Stilllwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Some of these victims were members of FarmHouse fraternity, Dickerson said, but investigators have learned many are not.

At least two have come forward to speak with police.

Dickerson said the allegations so far indicate the lone suspect was acting independently

to commit illegal acts on a number of victims. The incidents may have occurred in Stillwater, Tahlequah and on OSU's Stillwater.

The allegations stem from complaints made against a former FarmHouse fraternity member. Dickerson released a statement Tuesday praising FarmHouse's handling of the sexual assault allegations.

School officials and police said when the fraternity learned of the assault reports it immediately notified the Interfraternity Council.

Police learned of the series of assaults last week when an anonymous email was sent to Oklahoma State University's campus newspaper.

 

"In no way did the fraternity condone these actions or contribute to them in any way that we are aware," Dickerson said. "We will continue to work with OSU police while the investigation continues," Dickerson said.

Details also emerged in an assault that may have occurred outside of Stillwater.

An OSU student from Tahlequah brought the suspect home with him and was assaulted, investigators with the Tahlequah Police Department said.

Dickerson notified Tahlequah police Monday that one of the assaults may have occurred in the city.

“Apparently an OSU student came home for a holiday break and brought another student with him to Tahlequah," said Tahlequah Police spokesman Brad Robertson. "While the two were here, there was an alleged assault. The victim is the person from the Tahlequah area, and the suspect in this investigation is the person [the victim] brought home with him.”

Robertson said the Tahlequah victim has not contacted Tahlequah police and is likely back in Stillwater. Investigators expect to receive a packet of information from Stillwater police.

The Tahlequah Daily Press contributed to this report.

 

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