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Visitor tells police she was sexually abused at Illinois State football game

Visitor tells police she was sexually abused at Illinois State football game


NORMAL — After two criminal sexual assaults were reported from Illinois State University dormitories last week, police are now investigating a report of sexual abuse at Saturday's ISU football game.

The three incidents are not believed to be related.

​"We had a visitor at the football game allege that a male patron had forcibly kissed her and possibly groped her as well," said ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff. "We're certainly investigating that, but at this time we don't have an arrest yet. ... We have an unnamed suspect."

The incident occurred between 7:50 and 8:10 p.m. at Hancock Stadium, 211 N. Main St., Normal, and was reported at 8:51 p.m., according to ISU Police records.

ISU beat Morehead State, 42-14, before a crowd of 11,256 in its home opener Saturday night. That game kicked off at 6:30 p.m.

No further details were available Monday. The case remains under investigation.

Last week, a female student told ISU police a male student assaulted her about 1:10 a.m. Friday at Watterson Towers.

ISU police are investigating the incident and have identified the suspect, but no arrests have been made.

The school encourages students to contact the Division of Student Affairs Title IX to request services such as protective measures if they experience an incident of sexual assault or misconduct, domestic violence or stalking.

To report a rape or sexual assault, students can file a public incident report at or

Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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