Sexual assault reported at GSU

A 20-year-old Arcadia man is in custody in connection with an alleged sexual assault on the Grambling State campus.

A woman reported to GSU Police Sunday that she was heavily intoxicated, and a man known to her had sex without her consent in her dorm room.

During an investigation by a GSU detective, Albert C. Thurman was questioned. Thurman allegedly admitted knowing the victim was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Thurman was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Sunday evening for third degree rape.

Under applicable Louisiana law, third degree rape is a rape committed when the sexual intercourse is without the victim’s consent because it is committed “when the victim is incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of a stupor or abnormal condition of mind produced by an intoxicating agent or any cause and the offender knew or should have known of the victim's incapacity.”

Upon conviction, offenders face imprisonment at hard labor, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, for not more than 25 years.

The incident is the second in two weeks on the GSU campus involving an alleged sexual assault of a heavily intoxicated victim.

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