IUPD officer resigns following alleged sexual assault, no charges filed

An IU Police Department officer was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in a campus residence hall early in the morning on April 24. 

The accused man is a 25-year-old IU student who worked as a part-time officer, IU spokesperson Mark Land said in an email.

While an IUPD crime log categorized the incident as a rape, Land said it was reported as a sexual assault. 

As soon as IUPD found out one of its officers was being accused, the force suspended the accused male without pay pending the investigation, Land said. The officer resigned from IUPD last week.

The alleged sexual assault took place between 2 and 3 a.m. on the 1800 block of East 10th Street, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joseph Qualters said in an email. Qualters did not specify the residence hall in which the incident took place. 

The woman said the man, with whom she was somewhat familiar, came into her room uninvited while she was in the room with a female friend, Qualters said. 

“Some level of intoxication” was reported by both parties involved, Qualters said. At some point, the man ended up in the woman’s bed, where the sexual assault allegedly took place. 

The victim reported the alleged sexual assault at 1:54 p.m. the same day at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. 

IUPD was initially called to the hospital to respond to the report since it occurred on campus, Land said. However, when IUPD found out one of its officers was being accused, BPD was contacted to handle the case. 

When detectives spoke with both parties, they each provided different versions of what happened, Qualters said. The accused male reported being invited into the room, while the woman said he was uninvited. 

The man was also removed from his residence hall, Land said. 

A possible witness was also interviewed for the investigation, which was turned over to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office, Qualters said.

The prosecutor's office confirmed Monday afternoon that it will not be pressing charges against the man, but did not specify why.

Samantha Schmidt

This story has been updated to correct the nature of the sexual assault. 

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