by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - University officials refuse to answer why they failed to notify students and staff at Johnson C. Smith University about two alleged rapes near campus just days apart.
Last Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested Frederick Sullivan, a construction worker, and charged him with multiple counts of rape, kidnapping, sex offense, communicating threats and assault.
After his arrest, JCSU officials held a press conference and revealed details about the alleged rape on Oct. 31 at 301 Campus Street.
Investigators said the 23-year-old female victim, who is not a JCSU student, was dropping Sullivan off at that address, which is a construction site across the street from JCSU.
Officials said Sullivan then attacked the woman and raped her, injuring her to the point that she had to go to the hospital.
At the time, JCSU President Ronald Carter told Channel 9, "We go the last mile of the way to educate our students about the safety measures we think they should keep in mind … We always have to be aware that safety is first."
But JCSU did not notify students, faculty or staff of the rape or the second alleged rape that CMPD has now charged Sullivan with, which investigators say happened five days earlier.
According to police records, Sullivan raped a 21-year-old woman that police said he at the same location on Oct. 26.
Thursday, Eyewitness News reached out to JCSU administrators asking when officials learned of both incidents, why they did not notify students of either alleged rape and if the second accuser was a student.
Students told Channel 9 they were shocked by the sexual assaults so close to campus and upset JCSU did not tell them.
"They tell us when somebody is getting robbed, but I'd rather know when someone is getting raped," said sophomore Corvin Foster.
Sullivan remains in the Mecklenburg County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.
Read our past coverage on this case here.
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