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Texas A&M Staff Member Accused Of Sexual Harassment & Assault

Texas A&M officials are investigating claims of sexual harassment and assault made against a staff member.

In the past two weeks, three current and one former employee have come forward.

On Tuesday, an email was sent out to faculty and staff saying the University Police Department is investigating accusations from four Texas A&M employees. The email said that the staff members reported that their supervisor sexually at the Vet Med Teaching Hospital harassed them, and in one case, sexually assaulted them.

"I was there as a student worker for 6 months just about, and it's really scary to think that that happened in a work environment in a place I thought I was safe," said Anyssa Villarreal, a Texas A&M student.

The first report was made to TAMU Human Resources on July 6. A woman said her supervisor pushed her into a spot and started making strong sexual comments. She pulled out a pocket knife and asked him to leave. She also said the supervisor had been making remarks to her about sexual acts.

The next day, university police reached out to two more employees. They reported similar experiences. According to the release, they reported their supervisor would make strong sexual overtures, graphic sexual comments, and at times touch them inappropriately.

On July 16, the fourth victim came forward. The former employee said the suspect sexually assaulted her several times on and off campus 27 years ago. She said he recently threatened to derail her retirement if she reported him.

University police can't comment because this is an open investigation. Students say although the reports are shocking they hope it will lead to a safer campus.

"I'm glad that people are stepping forward," said Louis Voelkel, a Texas A&M Student.

A university official tells KBTX the supervisor is on paid administrative leave. It's standard procedure while the investigation is happening.

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