University Police investigates alleged sexual battery incident

University Police (UP) is investigating an alleged false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery incident that may have occurred Saturday at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house.

An 18-year-old female told police she was pulled into a room against her will at the house.

UP spokeswoman Lt. Meg Ross said in an e-mail that the female claimed she was “inappropriately touched.”

The incident was reported to UP at approximately 8:50 p.m., Ross said.

No charges have been made. Ross said the female did not name a suspect in the police report.

Sigma Phi Epsilon President Ryan Kearns said the fraternity is cooperating with the authorities.

“There is an alleged incident that was reported,” Kearns said. “We are answering any questions about the investigation – about the house.”

Kearns said after speaking with authorities there is reason to believe the incident did not happen in the Sigma Phi Epsilon house.

“After further review, we’ve found certain inconsistencies in the report (to UP) that indicate this incident did not occur in our house,” Kearns said.

Ross said detailed information about the victim and possible suspect is withheld because the investigation is ongoing.

Courtney Alberigo and Kelli Polson