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CSUCI student accused of raping fellow student

CSUCI student charged with raping...

CAMARILLO, Calif. - A California State University Channel Islands student is charged with raping a fellow student.

On Friday his arraignment was postponed and he was released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.

Cal State University Channel Islands student Jonathan Henry-Walker is charged with felony forcible rape.  He was placed on interim suspension from the Camarillo campus, after three female students reported he had raped them in the fall.

“There were three separate female students, Channel Islands Students, who reported that they had been raped.  They were all separate incidents, and each of the three students named the same male student as the accused,” said Lt. Michael Morris with the CSUCI Police Department.

The alleged rapes took place between September and October, officers say one happened off-campus, the other two happened in on-campus dorms.

“What we are prepared to say is that we have information that the victims were incapacitated at that time. Whether it was drugs or alcohol or a combination there of, it is under investigation,” said Morris.

Henry-Walker transferred to Channel Islands in the fall of 2016.  The 23-year-old student was living on campus and majoring in psychology when the rape accusations were made.

Since the accusations he has been living at his home in San Bernardino, where he was arrested without incident on Thursday.

Students we spoke to say, they are pleased with the way the school handled the situation.  They also commented that the news of the alleged rapes has not changed their opinions about living on campus.

“I did hear about it because the school sends out emails from the police department,” said CSUCI Junior, Joseline Centolalla. “I still do feel safe in this school.  The school is pretty safe at all times.  You see the police cars going around at all times even at 2-3 in the morning.”

“I remember getting emails about this months ago about how to be safe and ways to not get in that situation.  I feel really good here, and do not feel I am less safe because of it,” said CSUCI Freshman Emma Thompson.

Henry-Walker remains on interim suspension while the investigation is on-going.  The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says it does not plan on filing additional charges against him unless it get’s new information.

If Henry-Walker is convicted he would face 8 years in prison.  He would also be required to register as a sex offender.
 


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