Campus / Community / News / February 6, 2013

Suspect in Hamblin assault leaves Galesburg

Campus SafetyThe student who was “removed from campus” last week during a sexual assault investigation has since left Galesburg and returned home, but not before being served with a search warrant for a DNA sample, according to Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf.

The incident was reported in the early morning hours of Jan. 27 by a Hamblin Hall resident after a male subject known to the female victim as a Knox student gained entry to the apartment through unlocked apartment and room doors.

The subject, who was banned from campus on Jan. 29, submitted DNA samples after Galesburg police investigators obtained a warrant, Schlaf said. The samples will be sent to the Illinois crime lab, where tests could take a minimum of six to eight weeks to process.

“Depending on the results of those examinations, we anticipate a decision regarding a potential arrest could be made at that time,” Schlaf said.

Since charges have not yet been filed against the subject of the investigation, there is no legal mechanism by which police would restrict his movements. So for the time being, he has returned home and is only restricted by the college from being on campus.

Schlaf stressed the personal safety aspect of the incident, calling for campus to “remain sensitive to general personal safety awareness issues and … locking doors within dorms, for example. I would underscore that personal safety effort. My belief is that it strictly applies in this particular case.”

Schlaf also noted that the banned student had access to Hamblin Hall as a resident, and there was no prior relationship between him and the victim.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.




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  • student

    I am glad Knox has become open about these things, and TKS is reporting it. I hope the Knox staff are treating the victim with sensitivity and respect.



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