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Case dismissed against former student arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at Nash Hall

By Zoe Buchli

The case against Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape in April 2018, was dismissed, and his $20,000 bail bond was exonerated, according to court documents.

“After a complete review of the case, and considering all available and reasonably foreseeable defenses that could be raised under the evidence, this office concluded that ultimately we would not be able to disprove the defenses and/or convict beyond a reasonable doubt,” Deputy prosecuting attorney Erik Sigmar said in an email.

Dowding-Albrecht was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape at Nash Hall after University Police were contacted for a report of sexual assault at 5:07 a.m. on April 28, 2018, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

According to court documents, Dowding-Albrecht entered a plea of not guilty, and was issued a no contact order with the survivor at his preliminary appearance at the Whatcom County Superior Court on May 4, 2018.

Dowding-Albrecht’s defense attorney Ziad Youssef said in an email he cannot comment on the defense he was preparing for the trial.

As of May of 2018, Dowding-Albrecht was no longer a registered student, University Director of Communications and Marketing Paul Cocke said in an email on Jan. 29, 2019.

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