BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – A Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a woman on campus.
“It’s disturbing it happens on campus it doesn’t make me feel safe,” said sophomore Allie Goffe.
FAU police were told by the the 20-year-old victim, who is not a student at FAU, that she was lying down by the hammocks at the university village apartments when the incident began.
She said 21-year-old Cassander Fadael approached her and began a conversation with her.
According to a police report her clothes were wet from the sprinkler system on the grounds and Fadael asked her if she wanted to dry up in his apartment dorm room.
Fadael insisted the victim remove her wet clothes for dry ones, the report said. After convincing the woman to change, Fadael “made several unwanted sexual advances” and would not stop when the victim told him to stop, according to the report.
Eric Minemyer is one of Fadael s roommates. He says he was home when the woman came back to the dorm but he didn’t realize anything had happened because he never heard commotion.
“I was in my room, I didn’t see them but I could hear them talking and the next thing I knew the police were at my door at 3 a.m. asking me questions,” Minemyer said.
FAU police chief Charles Lowe says the woman was very shaken when she met with officers.
The police chief said the victim was transported to a treatment center. He also pointed out the school has made great strides to create a culture of reporting and preventing sexual assault on campus.
“We have a victims advocate,” he explained. “They can go to student affairs faculty a lot of places to get help. Along the way they will be encouraged to report to police.
Fadael has bonded out of jail. He is not allowed to return to campus until the criminal issue is resolved .