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Fourth arrest made in Co-Lin incident

WESSON – An additional arrest has been made in connection with the allegations of the sexual assault of a female student on Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Wesson Campus that occurred Oct. 6. Damonte Glover of Jackson was arrested Monday by the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Police Department.

Police last week charged Antonio Davis, 18, and Timothy Graves, 18, with rape, and Justin Sandifer, 19, with sodomy. Their bonds were set at $25,000 each. Two of the three were still being held at the Copiah County Jail on Monday night.  

“Our campus police have moved swiftly and have been diligent in their investigation,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. “They have acted appropriately, especially given the difficulty of the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student and her family.”

According to Natalie Davis, director of public information, campus police consider the situation an isolated incident and college officials are assuring students that the campus is safe.

“This alleged incident has obviously made our students nervous and concerned,” said Davis. “We are going to have meetings with resident hall students, whether in large or small groups to try and address any concerns and questions they may have. We are a tight-knit family and when something happens to someone in a family we rally around them.”

The college has over 30 surveillance cameras and campus police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The college is not releasing any details of the incident since it is still under investigation.

“This incident does not define who we are,” Nettles said. “We have a reputation and history of outstanding students and faculty who are dedicated to this institution. We are determined to move forward from here.”

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