According to Times Leader, a student that was suffering from a medical condition was sexually assault inside her dorm on the campus of Misericordia University located at 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612.
Police have reported that the assault took on April 29, 2021. The victim was recovering from a concussion when the suspect, 24-year-old Jesse John Krzan, called to check on her after he had allegedly been drinking. Krzan arrived at her dorm and began kissing her. Even though the victim made the suspect aware that she was not ok with the sexual advances, he continued. The victim passed out, allegedly from her medical condition, to awake to him sexually assaulting her.
She was being treated at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center when police were notified. With the help of the DNA of the suspect matching that found on the victim's clothing, Krzan was arrested but released on $50,000 bail. He is facing charges of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim.
Our attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced sexual assault lawyer that represents victims in civil lawsuits. During a recent interview, Brian shared his insight on the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted on a university campus.
“Universities are legally obligated to provide a safe environment for their students. Having sufficient safety measures in place on the campus can help prevent crimes from taking place. Some prime examples include security cameras, patrolling guards, and proper lighting throughout the property. Universities should do the best to their ability to protect all students from dangers on the campus, including sexual predators.”
“If a crime is committed, the victim and their family should first employ the guidance of an experienced sexual assault lawyer. They should also inquire if the university did its best to prevent sexual abuse by maintaining a level of security on the campus. Filing a lawsuit against the offender is crucial, but victims could also have a claim against the university. If their lawyer can prove the university did not provide sufficient safety measures, then the university may be found negligent. Another example of negligence would be if crime increased on the campus, but security measures were not also increased. In cases of negligence, a university may be held responsible, and the victim should understand that they may pursue a civil lawsuit and possibly receive compensation for damages.”