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Student arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape

By Julia Berkman

CW: Sexual assault

A freshman student was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape of a 19-year-old student at Nash Hall in the early morning of Saturday, April 28, according to Paul Cocke, director of communications and marketing at Western.

After being arrested by University Police, Isaiah William Dowding-Albrecht, 19, was booked into Whatcom County Jail that morning, according to the jail roster. He was released on $20,000 bail Sunday afternoon, according to county records.

The survivor, a student who also lived in Nash Hall, is working with the Equal Opportunity Office, according to Cocke.

For now, Dowding-Albrecht is temporarily evicted from Nash Hall and is trespassed from all residence halls pending an EOO investigation, Cocke said.

Cocke said that Dowding-Albrecht has withdrawn from spring quarter classes.

According to county records, Dowding-Albrecht is required to appear in Whatcom County Superior Court at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 4.

*This story was updated on May 3 at 12:40 p.m. It will continue to be updated.

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