Male Student Arrested After Allegedly Masturbating in Front of Female Students

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Humboldt State University HSU [Photo by Oliver Cory]

One female student was working alone in a room at Humboldt State University this last Sunday about 6 p.m. when a man allegedly walked in with his pants down and began masturbating. The man, also a student at HSU, allegedly masturbated in front of at least one other woman before fleeing.

Campus law enforcement, according to Donn Peterson Chief of Police for Humboldt State University, were notified. They pursued and captured the suspect without incident.

They arrested Michael Wayne Hargrove about 6:45 p.m. Hargrove is currently in custody and, Peterson said, that HSU has asked that he be “permanently restricted from campus.” If he is released, Peterson said, “We will put out a campus wide notice asking people to let us know if he’s been seen.”

Peterson said the suspect may have victimized other women. “Right now we are aware of two,” he explained. “There may be others out there.” He hopes that if so, the other victims contact campus police. (707-826-5555)

According to Peterson, the college has services for those victimized.”We have extensive resources,” he said, “and we try to make those resources available.”

Press release:

Michael Wayne Hargrove, a Humboldt State University student on interim suspension, was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 30 on suspicion of indecent exposure, California Penal Code 314.1.

According to witnesses, Hargrove exposed himself to two students in the campus’s science complex. Hargrove was immediately arrested by University Police and transported to the Humboldt County jail, where he remains in custody. He has been arraigned and has his next court date on Nov. 14. Unless he posts bond, he will remain in custody until then. If he posts bond, UPD will be notified immediately upon his release. Additionally, campus police are seeking a stay-away order to restrict Hargrove from HSU permanently.

In the meantime, Hargrove has been ordered to stay off campus, and he will be arrested if he returns. UPD will put out a flier asking the campus community to notify UPD if he is spotted on or around campus.

Anyone with information about this or similar incidents should contact University Police at (707) 826-5555. Such information will help UPD to build a better case and have a better understanding of what Hargrove was doing before this incident.

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