Sexual assault case now a cold case

The sexual assault that occurred on campus last year is now a cold case, according to the San Bruno Police Department.

“Any further information should come from the San Bruno Police Department as the case is still on going and they are in charge of it,” said Brian Tupper, Former Chief of Public Safety at Skyline.

The case was redirected from the campus security to the San Bruno Police Department who have been forced to label it a cold case until they receive further knowledge about the incident.

“We have spent many hours on this case and have no suspect or anyone in custody,” said Lt. Geoffrey Caldwell of the San Bruno Police Department. “Due to confidentiality, we are not allowed to state the victim’s name or the kind of sexual assault that happened.”

Last year on Oct. 25, a female student was alone in a vacant classroom when an unknown male entered and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the scene, and has not yet been found. This occurred roughly around 8:30 pm in Building 1. The male was described as white, 5’11” between the age of 25-30, with a tattoo or scar on his neck.

The San Mateo County Community College District Crime Statistics does note that there was only one sex offense on Skyline marked as “forcible.” Forcible sex offenses are considered any sexual act directed against another person without their consent or will.

The new Chief of Public Safety at Skyline, Robert Dean stated that since the incident, they had increased their staff and had officers cover more ground.

“I hope we can get an approved bond that would help us get cameras on campus, which would decrease the crimes,” said Dean.

In comparison to other bay area community colleges recorded in the last four year, Skyline’s numbers barely get acknowledged when it comes to sexual assault incidents. The annual criminal offense report state that our sister colleges Canada College and College of San Mateo had no sexual assaults last year but another nearby campus that shares students with Skyline does. The crime statistics displays that City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been listed as the highest sexual assault community college in the bay area since 2008.

In 2008, CCSF reached the highest in 5 years with a total of 6 sexual assault incidents. According to the Chancellor’s Office website (cccco.edu) datamart, CCSF has roughly over 82,000 students enrolled whereas Skyline serves just over 26,500. Since 2008, the numbers of incidents have decline.

CCSF has then taken measures to increase the awareness to students on how to prevent being sexually assaulted. They also offer on and off campus resources such as Women’s Resource Center for victims of the incidents.

“I didn’t know our campus had resources for victims but I have read prevention tips because you can never be too safe,” said Melinda Brooks, CCSF Freshmen.

A renown resource is the Bay Area Women against rape, who also urged that everyone should get information despite gender.

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