Teen reports sex abuse outside Autzen during Oregon football game
EUGENE, Ore. -- On Saturday evening at around 8:30 during the middle of the University of Oregon vs. Arizona football game, a local high school student reported that she was sexually abused in a gravel parking lot at Autzen Stadium.
The girl reported that the suspect called out to her in a friendly way in the parking lot, then approached her and forced her to walk to a secluded spot between parked vehicles, and subjected her to inappropriate sexual contact.
Kelly McIver, public information officer for the University of Oregon Department of Public Safety, said that when the girl was allowed to leave, she made contact with her mother and they made a report with the Eugene Police Department.
"Kidnapping was one of the considered charges because she was forced to go to a location, not of her choosing, by someone that did not have authority over her and the sex abuse, obviously, was for the inappropriate sexual contact," said McIver.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 5-7 with slight build. The suspect is believed to be between 35-40 years old. The suspect was wearing a dark UO hooded sweatshirt, tan shorts, and gray and orange Nike shoes.
McIver says it's important to stay safe.
"If people are perhaps in a more vulnerable position, traveling in groups, or again, agreeing to meet people in places where it is well lit and there are landmarks nearby, where there is potentially law enforcement nearby," he said.
"Certainly, people should be able to come and go as they need to. And again, it's not someone's fault if they find themselves in a situation where they're a target of a crime," said McIver.
News of the alleged sex abuse doesn't sit well with some students who pass by the parking lots of Autzen Stadium everyday.
"It made me scared. I live right near here and we've gotten a few press releases about this area in general and with me walking and biking to work..it just makes me nervous that im not safe, especially in a parking lot where a games going on," said senior Amanda Bahler.
"It really took me off guard, I had no idea to be honest. Especially in this parking lot, there's a bunch of people so it's surprising that it could happen," said freshman Ryan Land.
Anyone with information about the suspect or similar incidents should call Eugene Police Department.