Marshall student arrested for sexual assault

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Marshall University student, Derrick Antonio Outterbridge, 19, of Oak Hill, West Virginia was arrested Tuesday on account of being charged with second-degree sexual assault and domestic battery.

The incidents happened on campus, in the residence halls.

It was of concern to the Marshall community a text alert was not sent out warning students, faculty and staff about this student, much like they typically are in the event of an on-campus emergency.

“The report was delayed to our department,” said Chief Jim Terry of the Marshall University Police Department. “Policy states that if there is a time delay on a report, it’s not necessary for us to send out an alert.”

According to MUPD, they didn’t get report on the assault until Oct. 27, eight days after the victim claimed rape.

“If there isn’t an ongoing threat, there is no need to alarm the community,” Terry said. “I assure you that if we felt that anyone was in immediate danger, we would have sent something out.”

Outterbridge was arrested Tuesday. He is now being held at Western Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Jordan Nelson can be contacted at [email protected]

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