Woman sues University of Southern Maine over Gorham sex assaults

January 31st, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »
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GORHAM — A former University of Southern Maine student claims she was sexually assaulted twice in USM dormitories six years ago.

Although she says she reported both assaults to campus police, she claims the university didn’t investigate as required by law.

The woman, now 25, filed a lawsuit Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. She is represented by Portland attorney Sarah Churchill and names the University of Maine System and two males as defendants.

The woman initially agreed to discuss the case publicly, but later declined to do so without permission from her attorney. Churchill’s office last week said Churchill was out of town and could not be reached.

The Forecaster does not identify sexual assault victims without their consent.

Court documents claim the woman was sexually assaulted in separate incidents on Jan. 19 and Jan. 29, 2012. The lawsuit claims she was drugged by one male before he assaulted her. She claims the second assault was by another male in a dormitory shower.

The lawsuit claims she reported both incidents to campus police, who did not investigate.

James Thelen, chief of staff and general counsel for the UMaine System, on Tuesday said the university had not been served with the lawsuit. He declined to comment on specific allegations until reviewing the complaint.

Thelen said USM President Glenn Cummings, who was not president at the time of the alleged assaults, would not make a statement.


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