Students share concerns after sexual assault allegations at Hocking College

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Athens County prosecutor is investigating allegations of sexual assault inside a dorm room at Hocking College.

According to a Hocking College Department of Campus Safety incident report, the victim said she had been drinking at an event off campus. When she returned, she couldn’t find her keys and asked a group to help her get back into her room.

The victim said she doesn’t remember what happened next. The next morning, she woke up without any clothes on, surrounded by five other men who were also not wearing clothes.

The victim initially reported the incident to a counselor at Hocking College, who referred her to campus police.

Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation issued a warrant and searched the dorm room for evidence.

Some students on campus said they are worried about walking around campus alone.

“Honestly, I’m a little terrified about it,” said Marissa Gentry, a student at the college. “I thought I was coming to a campus and I was going to be all happy and everything. Then I find out this and I’m a little scared to be walking around at night now.”

“It’s absolutely scary. It’s horrifying,” said another student, Michaela Sisson. “I feel so bad for her.”

The prosecutor’s office is overseeing the investigation due to a conflict of interest with the campus police chief.

No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing.

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