City College Student Sexually Assaulted

Accepted Ride from Stranger on Campus Thursday Morning

A female City College student was the victim of an alleged sexual assault after getting in a stranger’s car near the school’s campus. The alleged crime was reported at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and was responded to by Santa Barbara police.

The student told law enforcement that she was offered a ride by an unknown man and driven to a location where the sexual battery took place, according to a campus-wide email alert. Full details on the incident cannot be released at the moment because the crime is still under investigation, said police officials.

This is the second alleged sexual battery that has occurred on or near the City College campus in the past two months. The first took place on August 25, a day before students returned to class for the fall semester. There is no evidence indicating the crimes are linked.

School president Dr. Lori Gaskin said the college is forming a crisis intervention team to discuss the incidents. A campus-wide email urged students to use caution, be aware of their surroundings, refrain from accepting rides from strangers, and report any suspicious behavior.

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