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NSU Assault Update: Two Victims

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NATCHITOCHES, La. - New details involving the alleged sexual assault that took place on the NSU campus this week.

Two women have come forward and told school officials that they were the victims of a sexual assault, which ended with a juvenile in jail.

The campus detective says they've already ramped up security, and there's more to come.

Students are understandably shocked by the news they received this week about this alleged sexual assault, and while they're glad the suspect is in custody, they're also happy to see extra security measures around campus. @

Detective Doug Prescott doesn't take kindly to crime on his campus.

Det. Prescott: "You take a personal interest in it, you get involved. You want to see these people caught."

But he says a crime was committed Monday. @

Two Northwestern State University students came forward as victims of sexual battery and attempted sexual assault. The entire student body was gathered Monday night to hear the news.

Det. Prescott: "We encouraged them to use extra precaution and good judgement."

The incident happened at Varnado Hall, an older dorm that only holds 180 students this semester. And even though a suspect was apprehended and charged Thursday, the security at Varnado Hall has been increased significantly.

Det. Prescott: "We have done literally everything we can think of to do to make sure this doesn't happen again."

That includes calling in a lot more security at Varnado Hall, including hiring a private security company to man the dorm at night.

And students say they've noticed the additional measures.

Roderick Aaron, Varnado student: "More police around here. More patrols."

Administrators say it's in the name of safety, and counseling will be available to the alleged victims.

Dr. Chris Maggio, Dean of Students: "We work very closely, those two offices, the police and our counseling. Wonderful professionals that are there for our students."

Detective Prescott says this continuing investigation is important to him personally...

Det. Prescott: "I tell kids all the time, parents all the time, that while these kids are here, they're my responsibility."

...And that it's far from over.

Det. Prescott: "It's just beginning."

Again, the campus detective tells us two women, not one, have said they were assaulted.

Meanwhile, the lone juvenile suspect is being held at the Ware youth center.

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