Paine College settles lawsuit with student rape victim

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News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Paine College has settled a civil lawsuit out of court with a student raped in an on-campus dorm room last year.

We're learning this less than 24 hours after the Paine College rapist agrees to a plea deal.

As a condition of the settlement, all records are sealed, so we have no way of knowing how much cash the victim is getting.

As for the rapist, Jarius Dantzler is facing a life sentence with 20 years tacked on. The guilty plea ties him to three separate crimes: a rape and attempted rape on Paine's campus as well as a robbery and burglary.

Even though more security measures are in place, and the man responsible is behind bars, we spoke to students who tell us, they still don't feel safe.

After a rape, an attempted rape, and a shooting on campus, security is a little tighter now.

"They gave us key cards to put up against doors, and you have to put your last four digits in for the code," Samantha McIntosh, who lives on campus, said.

But, for the student living with the life changing effects of being raped, it's too little too late.

"The civil suit was filed because this never should have happened," her lawyer, Christ Stewart, said.

The ten page lawsuit accused Paine College of 'failing to provide adequate security for its students.' Students say, when the rape happened, security on campus was a joke.

"They used to leave rocks and sticks. One of the boy dorms had cigarette butts stuck in the traps so it wouldn't lock, it's just crazy," she said.

The suit claims Paine College did not warn students after an attempted rape on campus four months earlier, and the same rapist ended up striking again.

"Nothing was done after that to prevent this from happening," Stewart said.

As Dantzler faced a jury this week, we got to see a glimpse of his interview with investigators about the campus rape.

He says, "She gave me her number. She invited me upstairs." The investigator asks, "Well, where's her number at? You have the same clothes on. You've got to have it on your body somewhere." Dantzler responded, "I don't know."

McIntosh says, even with Dantzler in prison, she doesn't feel safe anymore.

"I'm ready to drop out, but I know if I drop out, I'm leaving behind all my years I have been attending Paine," she said.



 
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