TU rape suspect extradited to Tulsa, booked into jail

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 22:49:06-04

TULSA - A suspect in a 2016 University of Tulsa rape case has been extradited to Tulsa and sits in County Jail tonight. 

Luis Molina, a 20-year-old student from Mexico on a student visa, faced 24 counts in the incident, including rape by instrumentation, sexual battery, eight counts of peeping tom (including one using electronic photographic equipment), first degree burglary, larceny and attempted rape in the first degree. He was arrested in San Antonio when he fled following warrants on these charges being filed by the District Attorney.

Tulsa police say they started investigating Molina in February 2016 when a woman in a campus apartment reported waking to a stranger in her bedroom, touching her buttocks. In the months following the February attack, the university sent out a series of alerts notifying students of an intruder entering campus apartments through unlocked doors.

Students have expressed concern over how the university communicated with them about the incidents. At a recent forum that included a panel of sexual assault experts, about 50 students questioned administrators about why their alerts excluded language about sexual misconduct.

Molina was arrested in Texas on October 22, reportedly trying to flee to Mexico. University officials sent an email alert on October 24 to students and staff, saying administrators had been working with Tulsa police detectives for months on the investigation, which included cases where victims reported sexual crimes.

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