Assistant News Editor
The Murray State Police held an investigation after Connor Jung, former from Aurora, Ky., allegedly entered an unlocked room in White College and sexually assaulted a female student at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The Marshall County Police Department arrested Jung at his home in the Aurora area at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Mike Young, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, confirmed the University has taken action against Jung. Because the case is still open, Young could not release any details of said action.
David DeVoss, chief of police for the Murray State Police and public safety emergency management director, said the suspect proceeded to leave the room after the victim said she was calling the police.
“Officers investigated and, with assistance from the victim, identified the suspect,” he said.
DeVoss said the suspect was then contacted by the Murray State Police and was asked to meet with an investigator.
“When the suspect failed to meet with the University Police investigator and he left campus, a warrant was issued for his arrest,” he said.
The warrant was issued electronically and David Maddox, a Marshall County police officer, made the arrest. Jung was charged with burglary of the second degree and sexual misconduct.
Jung was released on surety bond Tuesday morning, DeVoss said.
“Jung has made bond and was provided with a court date to appear before a judge in Calloway County,” he said.
DeVoss said based on evidence the Murray State Police will provide to the prosecutor, the Calloway County Attorney will examine the evidence and decide with what to charge Jung.
“The University Police gather facts and evidence and provide the information to the prosecutor and, the Calloway County Attorney,” he said. “That office and the County Attorney decides if the evidence is sufficient to charge an individual with a crime and determines the most appropriate criminal charge.”
Chhanda Islam, professor of early childhood and elementary education and college head for White College, said the residential college took all necessary steps concerning the assault.
“As far as I could tell, we responded promptly and effectively to this traumatic incident and took appropriate action to prevent, correct and to discipline behavior that violates our policy.”
Islam said White College works to create an environment for students free of danger.
“White College is committed to creating and maintain a community where all persons who participate in University programs and activities can learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment,” she said.
DeVoss said he encouraged students to call Public Safety quickly after an incident occurs.
“Our response time to all types of emergencies is miniscule, as student safety is our priority,” he said. “The victim in this case contacted us quickly and provided the needed information to identify a suspect. We very much appreciate her cooperation.”
DeVoss said students should be cognizant of their surroundings and be aware of their safety.
Said DeVoss: “Students must take responsibility for their personal safety. Locking doors when leaving the room or when one retires for the night should become a habit.”