A third victim of a sexual assault that happened at Lander University’s student housing in March 2012 has filed a lawsuit against the public college in Greenwood, claiming negligence by a resident adviser on duty that night.
The other two victims have already filed a similar suit over the assaults that happened at the Bearcat Village dormitories. Two former football players at Presbyterian College, Cameron Jones and Bobby Henderson, pleaded guilty last year to charges of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in the case. Prosecutors said the two men forced their way into the victims’ dorm at gunpoint and raped them.
Jones received a sentence of 23 years in prison. Henderson got 18 years.
According to the lawsuits, a resident assistant (RA) hired by Lander University saw Jones and Henderson standing outside the entrance to Bearcat Village. The suit claimed the RA used his key card to allow the two non-students inside.
The suits allege Lander University failed to “provide protection to the students” and to “property of Lander University.” It also says the school failed to enforce its safety regulations and failed to ensure all outside doors to Bearcat Village were locked at all times. It also claims the school knew the RA had been reckless with his responsibility previously.
While Lander’s response has not yet been filed for this most recent suit, the school denied the allegations when the first two victims filed suit.