Rogue Community College officials have released two statements to students and staff following an alleged rape at one of the college buildings.
"This incident, while apparently not related to the college by anything more than geography, is saddening and disturbing for us all, and serves as a stark reminder of our need for care and vigilance of our surroundings," Vice President of College Services Curtis Sommerfeld wrote on the RCC Facebook page.
Medford police reported the alleged rape and sexual assault occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Riverside Campus' B Building. Juan Fidencio Holman-Ramirez, 33, allegedly tried to fondle a 24-year-old woman he had met on the street, then followed her into a nearby unisex bathroom, police said. Neither Holman-Ramirez nor the woman are students or staff members at the school, police said.
Holman-Ramirez is suspected of raping the woman and letting her go. She was later treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. No one else was in the lobby at the time, police said.
Holman-Ramirez was arraigned on numerous sexual assault, sodomy and rape charges in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday, and remains in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail. Court records show Holman-Ramirez has a long history of sex abuse crimes in Jackson County that stretch back to 2003.
RCC officials said they are taking the event very seriously. In his letter, Sommerfeld detailed that security escorts are available at all RCC campuses. A 24-hour security number can be called at 541-218-2930. Counselors are also available to talk to students about the incident if needed. Call either 541-245-7552 or 541-956-7192 for more information on those services.
RCC officials said they continue to gather information about the incident. They said they have provided footage from security cameras in the area, and that the B Building restroom where the alleged rape took place has been closed temporarily.
"We are also re-examining our current security structures and practices, and we will continue to explore options to enhance our current system," a written statement from RCC Vice President of Instruction Kirk Gibson says.
— Ryan Pfeil