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WSU Student Accused of Sexual Assault Pleads Not Guilty by Way of Insanity

Zachary Turner Village Apartments

Zachary Turner | Photo Courtesy of Greene County Jail | The Wright State Guardian

Former Wright State student Zachary Turner, 28, has pled not guilty by way of insanity to at least two cases of sexual assault charged against him.

Currently, Turner is indicted for two sexual assaults, four counts of rape, four counts of abduction, and two counts of kidnapping.  The two cases of sexual assault occurred in October of 2020 on WSU’s campus at 2050 Village Dr.

In addition, two more women have come forward with assault claims against Turner.  Information has yet to be released at this time regarding their possible connection to WSU.

On Jan. 6, Turner pled not guilty to these charges by way of insanity.  According to Greene County Court records, on Jan. 19 Turner’s attorney also filed for competency evaluation to determine if he is adept to stand trial.  

Turner’s final pretrial hearing will occur Feb. 2.

Prior to his arrest on Dec. 11, Turner was a psychology major living on the second floor of building 2050 in the Village Apartments on WSU’s campus.  On Oct. 20, the first woman to come forward against Turner reported to WSU police she had been kidnapped, held at knifepoint, handcuffed for several hours, and sexually assaulted in Turner’s apartment.  

This was followed by another report to WSU police of an additional incident of sexual assault which occured Oct. 9 in Turner’s apartment.  Neither of these women were WSU students.

In response to these events, WSU issued a warrant for Turner’s arrest, trespassed him from campus, and provided students with an informational safety bulletin with tips to help protect students from sexual assault.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted for this story but has not yet responded.

This is a developing story.

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