Fall 2012 sexual assault case moves to grand jury

A grand jury is set to convene on April 30 for an alleged sexual assault of a female Sam Houston State University student, who told the Houstonian her story in the March 7 issue.

The student filed a report with the University Police Department about the incident, which occurred in Crawford Hall dormitory in October 2012.

Six months later, SHSU criminal justice major Ryan Jones will stand before the grand jury, but an indictment hasnt been filed and may take until June, the victim said.

I just want it to be over with, the student said. I dont think its been a fast process honestly. I know my parents are frustrated with it, Im frustrated. There is a lot of bitterness towards the justice system. Not a lot has been done yet.

The case has not been addressed by Sam Houston State University. The campus disciplinary board and inner courts system have yet to be informed of the case, Dean of Students John Yarabeck said.

There is no precedent in cases that go through [the collegiate courts system], Yarabeck said. It is impossible to know how this case would be handled or any punishment related to it.

Despite all the pain and trouble the student said the case has caused her, she said she believes that she has made the right choice and is remaining positive.

Honestly I dont want to ruin his life, the student said. I just want him to know what he did was wrong. I wish I could just drop the charges and have some of my buff guys kick his butt, but I know it wont do any good. Looking back I think that with all that has happened, I would have said something sooner.

David Weeks, the Walker County district attorney, and UPD refused to comment at this time.

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