P-Safe Daily Crime Log updated Friday with Clara Ell incident and additional sexual assault

By Clare Duffy | December 7, 2016 10:54am

The Daily Crime and Fire Log is maintained by UP's Department of Public Safety. 

The Department of Public Safety’s Daily Fire and Crime Log was updated last Friday to reflect Clara Ell’s report of sexual assault in Oct., which was initially left off the report due to what Communications Officer Michael McNerney called a “clerical error”.

“On Oct. 10, a student reported a sexual assault in Corrado Hall,” the entry for Ell’s report on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3:16 p.m. reads.

Additionally, the log for Dec. 2 shows that a separate student reported a sexual assault that occurred earlier in the semester to Public Safety that day.

Director of Public Safety Gerald Gregg said sexual assaults reported after the fact are not investigated any differently than if they were reported immediately after the incident, but “we can’t investigate something until it’s reported.”

The department is finishing up interviews with witnesses for this incident, which Gregg says he now knows occurred on campus, though he could not provide specifics as to where. Gregg did say, however, that Public Safety plans to update the log to reflect the fact that the incident occurred on campus, which he says is typical if officers learn more specific information during the investigation.

This report was taken at 2:15 a.m., according to the log.

“We have people here 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Gregg said. “And in this case someone wanted to talk at 2 in the morning, so an officer sat down with them.”

The Department of Public Safety is required by federal law to maintain the Daily Crime and Fire Log. Incidents reported are to be entered into the log within two business days of the report.