Nine men were arrested in links with a host of statutory rape complaints on the Jacksonville State University campus, authorities told Wednesday.
The accused who’ve been released from police custody, are between 18- 22 and are expected second-degree rape charges. Allen George, a commander with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Major Crimes Task Force, informed the men hail from Anniston, Jacksonville, Centre, and Guntersville, Ala.
Their names are yet to be disclosed. It also reminds me to be seen if they were studying at the university.
On September 11, the six reported statutory rapes, that took place starting in January 2019, were made public. They all seem to have been reported that exact same day.
Several of the incidents happened in different locations on Jacksonville State University’s campus. This includes Meehan Hall, Sparkman Hall, Dixon Hall, and one even on the parking lot of Rowe Hall. An incident also took place off-campus, on Mountain Street.
According to the police, two girls between the ages of 12 and 16 were indulged in numerous sexual acts with people over the age of 18.
“It was not forced or coerced by any means,” said Investigator Jay Harrington, 7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit.
Investigators say that although the girls, are part of the knowns of the accused and were consented to the sexual activity, they still remain underage.
All of the nine accused taken in had bonded out of the Calhoun County jail by Wednesday night.
JSU attorney Sam Monk, a retired circuit judge, says JSU Police are doing their best in the investigation and the university administration remains fully cooperative.
The university made the following statement about the investigation:
“We are fully away from an ongoing investigation by another agency. The university police are also helping with the investigation. The university is fully cooperating. No further statements will be made with respect to privacy laws. Our students are safe and there is no threat or risk to them. The investigation is still underway.”