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Authorities investigate sex crimes

Kaitlynn Riely | Thursday, February 15, 2007

Police are investigating two incidents of reported sex offenses that occurred on campus in the past few days, said separate e-mails sent by officials Wednesday.

The reported offenses, one a forcible fondling sex offense and the other a sexual assault, were both reported by Notre Dame students.

A student notified Notre Dame Security/Police Wednesday afternoon that a man approached her Tuesday night between 8:30 and 8:50 p.m. in the C1 parking lot and began talking to her while she cleared snow away from her car. The student said the man stood close to her and touched her inappropriately.

The suspect was described in the e-mail as male, possibly south Asian with a dark complexion. He is thought to be in his late 20s, about 5-foot-9 and weigh approximately 175 pounds. He was wearing a knit hat and he spoke with a foreign accent, the e-mail said.

The man was seen driving a vehicle that was described to the police as a maroon, newer model Mitsubishi with what might have been Illinois license plates.

A second e-mail said a student reported a sexual assault committed by an acquaintance on campus last weekend.

No other information was available Wednesday.