TU student arrested for sexual assualts, burglary

Luis Alberto Molina, a now-suspended student of the University of Tulsa, faces 22 charges of sexual assault and burglary. The 19-year-old man was charged last Thursday, October 27 with one count of first-degree attempted rape, four counts of sexual battery, seven counts of peeping tom, one count of peeping tom with photographic/electronic equipment, seven counts of first-degree burglary and one count of larceny from a house. Molina originally only faced a single charge of second-degree rape by instrumentation.

After a lengthy investigation into multiple sexual assaults and break-ins spanning from last February to early October, Molina was arrested in San Antonio on October 22. Molina reportedly entered female students’ apartments and touched or groped them in their beds on February 5, February 18, and April 8. He also stole a student’s underwear during the April 8 incident.

He is accused of attempting to rape a woman on September 25. On October 7, Molina used a cigarette to rape an intoxicated and unconscious student after he took her to her university apartment. According to an affidavit, he recorded the attack on video. Police found the video after a search warrant was issued for Molina’s phone. Molina is also accused of entering a student’s apartment October 7 and watching her sleep.

According to the Tulsa Police Department, Molina always entered the victim’s bedrooms by walking through an unlocked commons room and then moving into individual bedrooms while the victims slept. The intrusions took place between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., while the victims were likely asleep.

Authorities linked Molina to the intrusions by tracing his phone to each location. The University’s Information Technology Department found that Molina was logged into the school’s wireless internet network and was accessing wireless access points in the apartments around the times the incidents occurred. Authorities say one of the victims identified Molina in a lineup and said she was eighty percent sure he was the man who entered her apartment.

Molina, who has been a student of the University of Tulsa since fall 2015, was suspended after the arrest pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. After the arrest, a campus security alert was emailed to students and faculty. The email reads, “The University of Tulsa Campus Security has been working closely with Tulsa Police since last spring on incidents in which female students reported an intruder had entered their unlocked campus apartment or dorm room during the night. Two students reported being touched by the intruder. Each time, a campus-wide email was sent regarding the incident and reminding students to lock their doors. On Saturday, an arrest was made in connection with these incidents. However, we urge students to remain vigilant and keep the doors and windows to their residences locked.” It also urged anyone with information to come forward.

This is an open case, and investigators urge victims and any students with information to contact campus security at 918-631-5555 or the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9168.

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