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10/01/91

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Student arrested on sexual assault charges

STANFORD -- A 23-year-old Stanford student was arrested Oct. 1 in connection with a reported sexual assault on a female student in a campus dormitory on Sept. 22, according to Police Chief Marvin Herrington.

Stuart John Thomas surrendered to Detective Timothy Frecceri at the Stanford Police station and was charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Bail was set at $80,000, Herrington said. He said Thomas would be taken to Santa Clara County Jail if he did not post bail.

The alleged assault took place at Casa Zapata after a house party on a Sunday evening and was reported to police on Monday, Sept. 23.

On Sept. 24, University President Donald Kennedy issued a statement:

"As press accounts have indicated, a female student has reported that she was raped in a Stanford student residence on the evening of Sept. 22. A police investigation is under way.

"In addition, the university is following established procedures recommended by last year's Sexual Assault Task Force. Every form of institutional support -- through her residence, the Campus Sexual Assault Response and Recovery Team, the Dean of Students Office and others -- is being offered to the young woman.

"Until the investigation is completed, it is premature to discuss consequences. But this incident requires me to make plain what ought to be understood by everyone in this community: sex by force or coercion, including coercion through the use of alcohol, is absolutely unacceptable here.

"Those who are found in violation of university policy in this regard will face maximum institutional sanctions, in addition to any prosecution the district attorney may undertake through the courts."

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