Man arrested for sexual assault at UNCC

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Man arrested for sexual assault at UNCC

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 4:38 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police have arrested a man and charged him with sexually assaulting a UNC Charlotte student in her own dorm room.

Damien Pruitt, 21, was brought in handcuffs to the campus police headquarters building late Friday afternoon.

He did not answer any questions as he was led inside by uniformed officers, where he was charged with one count of sexual battery.

Investigators say Pruitt, who is not a student, was allowed inside the Pine Hall dormitory last night by a student who did know him.

He was then allowed into a suite of four rooms and at some point police say he went into one of the rooms and attacked a girl who he did not know.

Word of the attack spread quickly around the campus.

"It is really unbelievable that even happened on campus, and you know that it could happen to you," said student Megan Shue.

Campus Police Chief Jeffrey Baker was asked about measures to limit who gets into dorms.

Baker said, "It’s all by card-swipe. You have to have a current student ID card to even get in."

That’s unless a person is allowed in by a student, as in this case.

"I guess you just have to be careful of who you let come where you live," said another student, Alexus Hansley.

Pruitt is charge with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and misdemeanor battery. He was booked in to the Mecklenburg County Jail under bonds totaling $200,000.

Pruitt is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday

UNCC tells NBC Charlotte there have been no conversations at this point regarding a change in the university's visitation policies.

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