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Sex assault reported at house party near UHart

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A reported sexual assault that happened at a house party near the University of Hartford campus is under investigation by Bloomfield police.

The school's Department of Public Safety told Eyewitness News that it sent an email to the campus community to notify that the school had been informed of the reported sexual assault.

The email said the assault happened over the weekend at a party at a residence close to the university's main campus in West Hartford.

Officers were called to Ashley Court around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who stated "he/she had been forced to engage in sexual activity with another attendee of the party."

Police said the victim "was hysterical," but "was able to identify the suspect." Officers located the suspect, who police said was cooperative with the investigation. The suspect said the encounter was consensual.

The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment and evaluation, police said. It is unclear if the students involved attend the university.

During the investigation, police said "a mutual friend of the victim and suspect walked into the house’s main floor bathroom interrupting the sexual activity." 

The house is owned by Patrick Carbray, who said the news of the alleged assault was a "complete and utter shock." He said he had no idea what had happened, and said "There have been problems in the past, but nothing like this."

The alert from UHart reminded students about the availability of information designed to keep the community safe.

"[The available information includes] information around sexual misconduct including rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence, as well as how to report such incidents, available services, and tips on how to try to prevent these crimes," said John D. Schmaltz, director of public safety.

A neighbor said she heard a lot of noise coming from the house on Saturday night. She said she has complained to the town and to police about problems at the house.

The school offered a link to its services here.

The incident remains under investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department. 

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