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Police investigating sexual assaults at USC fraternity house [UPDATED]

April 16, 2009 | 10:43 am

Updated at 1 p.m.: Michael L. Jackson, USC vice president of student affairs, confirmed that the university has received reports of alleged sexual assaults involving three female students at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house early Wednesday morning.

“USC takes sexual assaults very seriously and is fully cooperating with the LAPD on the investigation,” Jackson said in a statement. “We are reaching out to the students and providing as much help as possible. We are also conducting our own investigation into student conduct issues and have placed the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity on interim suspension until all the facts are known."

Updated at 11:30 a.m.: Capt. Dennis Cremins of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery and Homicide Division said that police have one confirmed victim of an alleged sexual assault. The woman made a statement to investigators. The division's rape unit is investigating the alleged assault.

Cremins said the crime occurred at a mixer at the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and that detectives had been at the scene all night.

Cameron Kay, president of the USC chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, declined to comment on the investigation.

Original post:

Los Angeles police detectives are investigating three sexual assaults that allegedly occurred at a USC fraternity house early Wednesday morning.

The assaults were reported in the 700 block of West 28th Street, university officials said.

More information about the suspect or victims was not immediately available from the university or the Los Angeles Police Department, whose Robbery and Homicide Division is handling the case.

The university sent out a crime alert at 9:42 this morning.

-- Jia-Rui Chong and Richard Winton