51-year-old Tony Patillo and 32-year-old James Johnson have been charged with rape and sodomy after authorities believe they assaulted an Auburn University freshman who fell asleep on one the campus buses.
According to reports, police were notified about a man who was supposedly exposing his privates to a debilitated woman. When officials arrived, the woman was no longer on board the bus. Tony Patillo was apprehended and originally charged with public indecency.
Investigators followed up on the situation after learning that a woman who seemed to be highly intoxicated had gotten on one of the shuttle buses and was reportedly sexually attacked by Patillo, an employee of the transit company.
James Johnson, also an employee, was allegedly driving the bus while Patillo was in the back of the sexually assaulting the 18-year-old victim. Once he had finished his attack, Patillo left the bus with the victim when a witness saw her fall down as Patillo began to unzip his pants.
Auburn University revealed in a statement that the college was helping the police in any way that they can. The school shares that their main concern is the victim’s well-being, as well as the safety of all of their other students. The school states that it will provide the victim with whatever support and assistance she made need for as long as she needs it.
The transit company that runs the school’s released its own statement in regards to the incident and shares that they are horrified at the events that took place.
The company states that the safety of the passengers is their biggest priority and that they are re-evaluating the process drivers have to go through before being employed and that they are fully willing to work with the authorities during the investigation to ensure that the victim gets the justice she deserves.