Emily Williams

Plea hearings for rape suspects delayed again

Three men suspected of raping a 19-year-old female at a Level 27 apartment in February were scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing yesterday, but hearings for all three men have been rescheduled. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, and Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, face a combined 72 charges including rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. They are currently being held at the Butler County Jail. Plea hearings for Mincy and Simpson were originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 31 but were rescheduled for this week. Gibson’s hearing was already set for Aug. 8. Now all three are set to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The 19-year-old female who was assaulted is not a Miami student, Oxford Police said, and was visiting friends in Oxford on Saturday, Feb. 11. She was at a party with her friends when they were separated and she was “lured to another apartment by the three males” where they all assaulted her, according to a statement from Oxford police chief John Jones. According to police records, Gibson’s residence is the apartment where the reported assault occurred. Gibson and Mincy’s bonds are set at $250,000 and Simpson’s at $300,000. On July 28, Mincy’s attorney, Michele Temmel, filed a motion to reduce Mincy’s bond. The motion was denied. Mincy had no prior criminal convictions,...

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Three federal investigations into sexual assault now open at MU

With three open cases, Miami has more active federal investigations into sexual assault policies and procedures than any other university in the state. The first opened November 3, 2016. Two additional cases opened June 9. Details about the June cases are not yet available, but the November case stems from a student’s complaint that the university “failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports, and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice.” The two June Title IX complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights stem from off-campus incidents, said spokeswoman Claire Wagner. One was reported in 2015 and one in 2016. “OCR is obligated to investigate all complaints filed with it and Miami University is cooperating fully in the investigation,” Wagner said. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Title IX tracker, 345 such investigations are open at colleges and universities across the country. The highest number of active cases is at Cornell University with six investigations. The cases, on average, are open for 1.8 years, they report. Ten other Ohio colleges and universities are being investigated for their handling of sexual assault cases. Two cases are active at the Ohio State University, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and Denison University. One investigation is active at Cleveland State University and John Carroll University. Check for updates on...

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Student suspended for sexual assault files suit against MU

The student claims innocence, says university violated his right to due process A student suspended for violating Miami’s Sexual Misconduct Policy has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the school violated his right to due process. A hearing in late April found the sophomore guilty of sexual assault for engaging in sexual conduct with a female student “on two occasions…without her knowingly being able to consent.” He was suspended until May 2019 and banned from campus. But the student, identified only as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, says the sexual encounter was consensual. He and his lawyer,...

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Three arrested for Oxford rape case

Three men are facing over 7o charges for the rape of a female in February. The men were arrested Friday and are being held at the Butler County Jail. The assault occurred off-campus in Oxford on Feb. 11. The victim, who was visiting Oxford, reported the assault the next day. A heavily redacted incident report, obtained by the Miami Student on Feb. 12, offered a very brief narrative of the assault: “A female individual reported from the hospital that she was sexually assaulted by three males in a local apartment,” the report said. A search warrant had been executed...

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Arraignment held for Oxford rape case

WARNING: This article contains disturbing content involving sexual violence. Three men arrested on charges of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping for the February assault of a 19-year-old female in Oxford were arraigned today. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, and Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, face a combined 72 charges. They are currently being held at the Butler County Jail. Their bonds were set at Monday’s 1 p.m. hearing, said Butler County prosecutor Michael Gmoser — Gibson’s and Mincy’s at $250,000 and Simpson’s at $300,000. A statement released Monday by Oxford police reveals details about...

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