Columbia police receive sexual assault kit related to November assault

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 6:50 p.m. CDT; updated 5:14 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

COLUMBIA — The MU Police Department received a sexual assault kit related to a November sexual assault at a fraternity house from University Hospital Monday night.

According to the Clery release, the sexual assault took place between 2 and 3 a.m. Nov. 17. The victim said that it occurred off campus in a bedroom in an unnamed fraternity house.

Around 7:10 p.m. Monday night, the MU Police Department retrieved the sexual assault kit from the hospital and gave it to the Columbia Police Department because the incident occurred in its jurisdiction.

MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said the department was unaware of the case before Monday night. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, sexual assault kits can take up to several months to process.

The victim did not want to be contacted by law enforcement officers, according to the release.

Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said a victim can go to the hospital after the incident, but if he or she doesn't want to be contacted by law enforcement the case is turned over to the police, who often receive little more information.

Bernhard said that if the victim wanted to come forward at a later time, Columbia police now have the kit and can investigate the case.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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