USM student charged with sexual battery after incident at frat house

Edward Rahaim Forrest County Jail
Edward Rahaim Forrest County Jail
Edward Rahaim
Forrest County Jail

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — A University of Southern Mississippi student is in custody facing a charge of sexual battery.

According to a university news release, 20-year-old Edward Rahaim, a junior from Hattiesburg, was arrested Friday for an alleged incident that occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the Hattiesburg campus. Details of the incident were not released.

WDAM-TV reports Rahaim made his initial appearance in Hattiesburg Municipal Court on Monday. He is being held at the Forrest County Regional Jail on $20,000 bond.

University Police Chief Bob Hopkins commended members of the fraternity who reported the alleged incident to campus officers, prompting an investigation.

The university’s Dean of Students office has placed Rahaim on interim suspension. Officials say he will remain suspended until the completion of the student conduct process.

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