UTPB President, Students Speak Out About Alleged Sexual Assault on Campus

UTPB President, Students Speak Out About Alleged Sexual Assault on Campus

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A UTPB student is behind bars after university police said he sexually assaulted someone on campus.

The assault allegedly happened inside one of the dorms and UTPB Police made the arrest on Tuesday afternoon.

"You can't make good decisions about intimacy or really anything else when you've been drinking," UTPB President, Dr. David Watts, said.

That's the message Watts wants to drive home with students.

Officials said Treasure Lee Luvaul allegedly assaulted a woman early Monday morning inside a dorm.

"It was an acquaintance situation that involved alcohol," Watts said.

The university was notified after the alleged assault.

"The hospital called us when the victim appeared at the hospital," Watts said.

We're told three people were involved in the incident, including the victim, but no information was released about the third person.

Details leading up to the assault are also unclear.

Watts says the campus is safe and students shouldn't be alarmed.

Students NewsWest 9 spoke with said they were surprised to hear what allegedly happened but are glad an arrest was made.

"Hopefully there will be some sort of substantial punishment so that's definitely very reassuring," Student, Sophia Muzquiz, said.

"Our campus does a great job of making us feel protected," Student, Bobbi Sczruba, said. "We have police officers roaming. We have our little blue boxes that are everywhere."

Watts said UTPB is an alcohol-free campus and he hopes students think twice so something like this doesn't happen again.

"I wish every young person would realize that the decisions that they make with another person while under the influence of alcohol can really, seriously affect their lives," Watts said.

Luvaul has been booked into the Ector County Jail on sexual assault charges, which is a second degree felony.