A Berkeley law school student was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting the female student, authorities said.
A Berkeley police spokesperson confirmed the arrest.
The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into the assault. “
He is charged with three counts of sexual assault, one count of harassment, one charge of criminal trespass and one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass in violation of city and state laws,” the statement said.
The arrest was made in connection with an investigation into the assault.
Police did not immediately provide a motive.
Police said they believe the attack happened on a Saturday night and that the student “had gone out to celebrate his birthday with his friends” when he met the victim.
The victim said she was walking down the street and the man approached her.
The two started talking about the weekend, the victim said.
She then said the man began touching her, and the two began to argue, she said.
He then grabbed her buttocks and pulled her to the ground, she told the police report.
She said she tried to push him away but the man pulled her toward him, the report said.
“She told him she didn’t want to have sex, and he pushed her back down and raped her,” the report stated.
The incident happened about 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of North State Street, according to the Berkeley Police Department.
“It was consensual,” the victim told the Berkeley police.
“I’m not going to lie, it was horrible.”
Police arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and endangering the welfare of a child, according the police department.
The man has been booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion the assault occurred before or after the victim’s 18th birthday.
The Berkeley Police department is asking anyone with information about the assault to contact Detective Michael McElroy at (510) 964-5160.
“We have worked with the victim for some time and have been in communication with her since this alleged incident occurred, and we have provided her with the necessary support,” police said.
UC Berkeley Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi released a statement Thursday morning.
“At UC Berkeley, we are committed to protecting the campus and its students and staff from sexual assault,” the chancellor said.
“The campus community is working to identify the individual responsible and will provide the resources necessary to support her and her family.
The University will continue to support and support her in any way that we can, and she will have a safe and comfortable future at UC Berkeley.”
The Berkeley police officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 13.
Police have not released any other information about Thursday’s incident.
UC police are continuing to investigate the case and the victim has been released.