UT Dorm Break-In Suspect Indicted on 2 Counts

WEST TOLEDO -- The man accused of breaking into UT dorm rooms and touching female students faced a judge Tuesday.

Jeremy V. Ketter, 25, was indicted on two counts of burglary for breaking in to Nash Hall at the University of Toledo nearly two weeks ago.

UT Police officers had arrested Ketter and charged him with 2 counts of burglary and 1 count of sexual imposition.

The investigation started when a man, later identified by several victims as Ketter, entered at least four unlocked dorm rooms in Nash Hall while the occupants were asleep between 5:30 and 6:30am almost two weeks ago, police say. In three instances, police say the students awoke when the man touched their bodies. In the fourth instance, the residents awoke to an unknown male standing in their room talking to them.

According to the witnesses, the individual appeared to be intoxicated. UT Police say the early-morning incidents were not reported to police until late Thursday night, when the same suspect was seen lurking in the ladies shower in Nash Hall. He was chased out of the building by residents, who then called UT Police.

Ketter is not a student at UT. He was charged last March for a similar incident at The Crossings, another on-campus residence hall, and that case is pending. Police don't know how he gained access to the dorm.

The University of Toledo Police department and the Office of Residence Life strongly urge students to keep the doors to their rooms locked at all times. "This incident clearly underscores the need to keep doors locked, especially at night," UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said in a statement posted on the UT Police web site. "We also want to encourage the campus community as a whole to report suspicious events and people right away."

Count on News 11 to follow the case as it develops.

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