USF student arrested for four rapes

February 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
San Francisco police arrested a University of San Francisco student Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting four fellow students in the past several months.

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Plenty of officers were present on the University of San Francisco campus Friday night as word spread that a student was arrested for four rapes.

"I knew somebody who got raped and she was next to the elevators in one of the dorms and nobody came to her rescue," said Sandra Garrett, an USF student.

The four sexual assaults all took place in residence halls on campus over the last few months.

The University of San Francisco launched an investigation into the assaults three days ago in tandem with the San Francisco Police Department. After conducting interviews by Thursday night, an arrest was made the next day.

"The suspect was arrested, he was a student of USF, he was an acquaintance of his four victims who were also students at USF," said Sergeant Wilfred Williams, with the San Francisco Police Department.

"We had a male student, a senior in the ROTC program that was arrested for four counts of rape and four counts of aggravated assault," Dan Lawson, the USF public safety director.

21-year-old Ryan Caskey's picture was posted on a USF ROTC online magazine. He is now on interim suspension and is not allowed on campus during the course of the investigation.

"There may be other victims out there and we would like them also to come forward," said Williams.

Police are asking other potential victims to contact their sexual assault unit. Meanwhile, students say they are increasingly vigilant.

"I still feel safe here. I think public safety does a really good job of protecting all the students," said Garrett.

Police are asking anyone who might have been a victim of the suspect to contact Sex Crimes Detail at (415) 553-1361.

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