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Savannah State Facing Possible Lawsuit In Rape Case

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New developments in the rape case of two students at Savannah State University. It's a story News 3 has been following since December of last year. That's when police say a man robbed and sexually assaulted the victims in the University Commons complex. Now News 3 has learned those victims have filed an intent to sue the University.

The notice of intent was filed with Savannah State, the Board of Regents and others on Thursday. A Savannah State spokesperson says they cannot comment on pending litigation. Much like the lawsuit already filed against Candler Hospital - the claims center around alleged security lapses. Attorney Abda Quillian says it was lax security at Savannah State that placed her clients in danger, “It's certainly reasonable - and if you sent your child to live in that student housing - it would be very reasonable for you to expect that they were gonna monitor it and protect your child.” But she says that's not what happened. Her letter notifying the University of intent to sue cites among other things, alleged failure to provide adequate lighting, failure to provide adequate security personnel and failure to monitor security cameras, “Looking at security events of the crime - it's kinda of like closing the barn door when the horse is out. i mean it's really nice that there's this evidence that perhaps in this attorney will be able utilize in the criminal prosecution, but it would have been a whole lot better to have monitored it and prevented it…this particular night, early morning - this guy was caught on more than one video camera over a period of time - so if anybody had been paying a minuscule amount of attention - this could have been prevented and it should have been prevented.”

She says not only were security cameras not monitored by Savannah State's own admission - but adequate security personnel weren't on premises to guard student's safety, “Obviously no one drove through that parking lot in the 15 or 20 minutes that guy was there - I mean there were no patrols through there.” The two victims are asking for 2-million dollars each for both physical and emotional injuries.

a man named Torrey Scott has been arrested in the rape that occurred at Candler hospital in February and the GBI has said they will recommend charges against him in this case as well. Those charges have not been filed yet.

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