Nine people including a Centre man have been arrested in connection to a number of alleged rapes involving two victims on the campus of Jacksonville State University. The incidents were reported back on September 11th, all having taken place since the first of the year.
The Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit charged a 21-year-old Anniston man, an 18-year-old Centre man, a 20-year-old Jacksonville man, a 19-year-old Jacksonville man and a 22-year-old Guntersville man, each with one count of second-degree rape.
Court documents say that each of the five men men had sexual intercourse between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1 with the same victim, a girl younger than 16. Four more people were arrested Wednesday morning, names of those arrested have not been made available at this time.
The on-campus incidents took place at Meehan Hall, Sparkman Hall, Dixon Hall, and one in the parking lot of Rowe Hall. An off-campus incident took place on Mountain Street.
Investigators say three more suspects will be arrested within a week; authorities have declined to identify those suspects.
The university released the following statement about the investigation:
“We are aware of an ongoing investigation by another agency. The university police is assisting with the investigation. The university is fully cooperating. No more statements will be made at this time due to privacy laws. There is no risk to our students. The investigation is ongoing.”