UMD "sex offense" turns out to be confused drunk student

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 14:16:18-05

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland Police have been looking for a suspect who allegedly broke into a students room and got into bed with her, but it turns out the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

On Sunday campus police were told about the incident in Elkton Hall and asked students to look for a man only wearing a pair of red and blue plaid shorts.

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But on Monday, a student came into the University of Maryland Police Department and admitted he was the one who entered the room in Elkton Hall, and he said it was an accident. He told a detective that he was staying with friends because he was drunk, but when he left his friend's room to go to the bathroom, he came back to the wrong room.

When the student went into the wrong room, he went to lay on the floor and used one of the beds to help him get down, accidentally brushing against the sleeping persons arm.

Police say they followed up with the student's friends who gave the same story. Additionally, police determined there was no inappropriate contact between the sleeping student and the drunk man.

Police spoke with the victim and it was decided to handle the matter administratively and the case will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.