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Man charged with rape in Montgomery campus assault

Montgomery County police charged a 34-year-old man with rape and other offenses after an attack Tuesday at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, during which a female student was sexually assaulted in the performing arts center.

Police charged Nathaniel L. Hart with two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and attempting to escape after arrest, according to a news release Wednesday. He was taken into custody about 8:40 p.m. at a Silver Spring motel.

Nathaniel L. Hart. (Montgomery County Police)

An address for Hart was not listed in the release.

Police received the initial report shortly after 3:30 p.m., authorities said. A lockdown of the campus ended about 90 minutes later.

Police said the attack happened in a second-floor women's restroom in the west section of the performing arts center. The student is 19, according to police spokeswoman Melanie Brenner.

Reports of the incident set off a flurry of activity as police searched for a suspect. Both sections of the campus were shut down, as was the pedestrian bridge between them, and helicopters circled overhead looking for the suspect.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 27, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
Categories:  Montgomery , Updates  
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LOL at the "perfuming arts center"... I bet it smells real nice in there.

Posted by: edwardbear76 | January 27, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"...a female student was sexually assaulted in the perfuming arts center."
Perfuming arts center. WaPo's typos get more and more stupid.

And big surprise about the rapist.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Looks guilty to me!

Posted by: thetan | January 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

And to make things worse, wait until she discovers that a degree at MoCo College is about as useful as a Platinum Discover Card.

Posted by: CubsFan | January 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Now he is going to get raped.

Posted by: | January 27, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Two counts? Were there two victims?

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | January 27, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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