CSUN sexual assault-Authorities with California State University, Northridge, and LAPD are urging women who may have been victims of sexual assault by a suspect who was recently arrested to come forward.
On Friday, the CSUN Police Department and LAPD held a press conference announcing the arrest of 19-year-old Davis Moreno-Jaime, who is suspected of sexually assaulting multiple women. Authorities said the first known case happened in April 2017 and the most recent was reported last month.
CSUN police Chief Anne Glavin said Moreno-Jaime is known to the CSUN community and was an athlete on suspension. He was arrested Friday on the campus around 12:30 p.m.
Hours after his arrest, a woman spoke with Eyewitness News and said she was groped by the suspect about a year ago. She said she is relieved and happy he’s behind bars, but also said she knows of at least 10 other women with similar stories.
The student said Moreno-Jaime tried to lure young women with drugs and alcohol, and last year, he threatened to leave his girlfriend if she did not fulfill his sexual fantasies.
“I automatically knew that the relationship was toxic due to the fact that she was asking several girls to have intercourse with both of them, and if she didn’t find another girl to do so, he would dump her,” one student said.
A photo of Moreno-Jaime surfaced two weeks ago when several women identified themselves as sexual assault survivors.
“When I found out that he was actually raping other girls, it was on social media,” the student said.
She added that he had groped her when he was intoxicated and became angry when she rebuffed him.
“It saddens me because what happened with me was almost a year ago, so this is recent. So obviously this has been going on for more than a few months,” she said.
Glavin urged anyone whether they’re part of the campus community or not to come forward if they may have been a victim of sexual assault.
“It does not matter where the crime occurred, please just walk into one or the other police departments and report what happened,” she said. “We want to hear your story on what happened. We are committed to helping you in any way that we can.”
LAPD Capt. Bryan Lium said Moreno-Jaime is suspected of multiple sexual assaults that happened within the department’s Devonshire division, at CSUN and outside of Los Angeles County.
Authorities did not provide details on the crimes, how many CSUN sexual assault victims there were, the victims’ ages or genders, or how Moreno-Jaime was connected to the crimes.
According to information on a CSUN athletics page, Moreno-Jaime played on the men’s soccer team, graduated from Redlands High School and is a business marketing major.
The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone may be a victim, they are urged to contact CSUN police at (818) 677-6919, LAPD at (818) 832-0609, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.