Almost a year before Victoria Hewlett was raped by fellow Utah State University student Jason Relopez, school officials were discussing an earlier sexual assault allegation made against him, according to court documents.
A lawsuit filed Monday claims five other women reported to school officials that they were sexually assaulted by Relopez, then a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, before Hewlett went to police.
But Relopez remained on campus until his arrest after Hewlett’s rape in July 2015. The school then suspended him.
When Hewlett learned that USU knew at the time of her attack that Relopez was a potential danger, she felt betrayed, she told The Salt Lake Tribune. The lack of response, she said, showed that her “well-being as a student on campus” wasn’t important.
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