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Student Arrested In San Diego State Sexual Assault Case

A San Diego State University student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman during a party near the campus this past weekend.

Francisco Paiva Sousa, 20, was taken into custody about 2:15 p.m., university police Capt. Josh Mays said.

The woman reported the assault occurred Sunday at a house on College Avenue near Montezuma Road. She identified Sousa as the assailant, police said.

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Sousa was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of forcible oral copulation and false imprisonment.

Campus police said 17 campus-related sexual assaults have been reported at SDSU in 2014, including 13 since the start of the fall semester. Six of those reported assaults occurred at fraternities.

Corrected: February 25, 2024 at 1:15 AM PST
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story, based on information from SDSU police, said the assault occurred at the Theta Chi House. Police later said that was in error.
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