A former Huston-Tillotson University student who alleges she was raped by a campus security guard is suing the college, the man she claims assaulted her, and the security company he worked for.
The plaintiff, who did not want to be identified in the lawsuit, was 17 and enrolled as a freshman at the private Austin college when the alleged rape took place on July 30. She says she went off campus to smoke marijuana with a security guard employed by G4S Secure Services, the company contracted by Huston-Tillotson University to provide security.
The woman rode with the G4S guard in his security vehicle to a location off campus where he exposed himself to her and then raped her, the lawsuit alleges, according to Austin’s American-Statesman.
The woman reported the alleged rape to the Austin police and was taken by ambulance to Dell Children’s Medical Center for a rape kit.
In her civil lawsuit filed Feb. 14, the plaintiff alleges the university and G4S, which no longer provides security detail to Huston-Tillotson, were negligent and failed to protect her. According to the Statesman, the lawsuit alleges G4S failed to adequately vet and train the security guard and misrepresented itself with claims about the quality of its staff and services.
The university is liable, the lawsuit alleges, because it did not properly manage its security operations – failing to provide adequate oversight, security controls such as panic buttons, and number of guards.
The plaintiff claims the defendants “assumed the duty to provide a reasonably safe environment, security and safety for students by assuming security duties and responsibilities for the campus safety operations,” according to the Statesman. “Such duty was not complied with by the defendants, and such failure constitutes negligence.”
G4S Secure Solutions is also a defendant in a lawsuit blaming it in part for the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 50 others. The gunman who attacked the nightclub, Omar Mateen, was trained and employed by G4S as a security guard, despite a history of threatening comments and behavior that attracted the interest of the FBI years before the shooting.