MIAMI, FL—Three South Florida men are facing criminal charges in connection with the recent sexual assault of an expectant mother at one of Johnson & Wales University’s off-campus student housing units in North Miami. According to information provided by NBC Miami, officials from the North Miami Police Department (NMPD) arrested two of the rape suspects on Dec. 27 and the third on Dec. 29.
The victim (who happens to be married and eight months pregnant) appeared to have been under the impression that she was going to be participating in a photo shoot at 21-year-old Ligunson Edmond’s off-campus home when she was brutally raped. The Johnson & Wales University off-campus housing unit where Edmund lives is apparently located at 1735 NE 124th St. in North Miami.
Reports noted that the rape victim responded to a Craigslist ad titled “Lady’s South Florida” prior to the alleged sexual assault. It was not clear what the online ad entailed.
Nevertheless, North Miami Police arrested both Edmund and 21-year-old Jacques Davis Jean two days before managing to apprehend the third suspect, 24-year-old Kevin McNair. While Miami-Dade Corrections records indicate McNair is facing two counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury in the college rape case, the extent of “sexual battery charges” being faced by Edmund and Jean was not clear. The case is underway.
Termed the “silent epidemic,” the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) estimated that as many as 95 percent of on-campus sexual assaults go unreported. Shockingly, statistics provided by the Justice Department indicate that approximately 1 out of 4 women will be sexually assaulted or raped during their college careers.
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