Alleged sex assault at dorm sparks security concerns

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 18:19:19-04

Florida Southwestern State College is addressing safety concerns after a student claimed someone sexually assaulted her in her dorm room Friday night. The whole thing was reportedly captured on video.

"I didn't think that would happen here," said Sabrina Mehu, a freshman who lives at Lighthouse Commons, where the incident is alleged to have happened.

A young woman told Lee County deputies that she was assaulted during an open-door party on the third floor of the co-ed residence hall. The victim said she mist have blacked out and didn't remember anything, but friends told her that a video of the sexual assault was getting around on social media.

"It's scary to know that it happened, and also to see it," said Mehu, who had not seen the video. "That's even scarier."

"People will keep on re-Tweeting it, even though it's something that should not be praised," said FSW freshman Samantha Cagigas.

Fox 4 reached out to FSW officials to see what, if any, additional security measures are being taken at the residence hall. Teresa Araque, director of communications, emailed us this statement:

"The safety and security of the over 22,000 FSW students is out number one priority. An investigation is in progress with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and FSW is cooperating fully. Until the investigation is completed, no further details will be released."

Araque also wrote that the residence hall is staffed by a public safety official 24 hours a day at the front desk, and that the front and back doors to the lobby - as well as individual suites - only open with key cards.

"Just be careful who you let into your rooms," Mehu said. "We can be nice, but to a certain extent. Your room is your personal place. Especially in the dorms, that 's the only personal place you have."

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said that they have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident.