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Date rape drugs and DU: Three incidents under investigation

Earlier today, we told you about guilty pleas from high-fashion photographer Orin Fryson, who was charged with indecent exposure and masturbation at the University of Denver. But this isn't the only example of a possible sexually related crime making news at DU right now.

Campus authorities are currently investigating not one, not two, but three separate reports about young women potentially being given date-rate drugs while visiting area watering holes.

DU's Clarion newspaper reports that the first two incidents were filed with the university's Department of Campus Safety on May 12 by a pair of students, while the third was described in a letter sent to the Denver Police Department by a different individual.

The stretch of South University Boulevard near DU where some of the incidents reportedly took place.
The stretch of South University Boulevard near DU where some of the incidents reportedly took place.

The letter writer said she feels she was drugged after visiting several businesses on the 2700 block of South University Boulevard, not far from the DU campus; there's said to have been no evidence that a sexual assault took place. Meanwhile, the students who turned to DCS said their experiences followed stops at restaurants and the like along more of the same stretch. The DU crime notice e-mailed to students — see it below in its entirety — advises caution on a seven-block stretch.

What happened to the latter twosome? One said she woke up in a DU building to which she had no access and couldn't remember how she'd gotten there. The other also suffered gaps in her memory after she'd gotten separated from her friend.

As law enforcers search for suspects, DU offers the following tips about avoiding the possibility of being dosed:

• Never accept a drink from someone you don't know and trust, even if they bring it to you at a bar.

• Don't leave your drink unattended and order a fresh drink if you do.

• If you begin to feel faint, get to a safe place and call 9-1-1.

• Party with friends; never leave a friend alone at a party. Remember there is safety in numbers.

• Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a situation, leave immediately.

Here's the complete release about the possible use of date-rape drugs near DU.

DU Date Rape Crime Notice

More from our Follow That Story archive circa 2012: "Perrish Cox lawsuit: Victim got date-rape drugs before non-consensual sex with ex-Bronco?"


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