SIU student arrested, charged with attempted criminal sexual abuse, battery, disorderly conduct

SIU student arrested, charged with attempted criminal sexual abuse, battery, disorderly conduct

By Luke Nozicka, @lukenozicka

An SIU student was arrested and charged with attempted criminal sexual abuse, battery and disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred April 1, Carbondale police say.  

James A. Janowski, 20, allegedly battered and attempted to sexually abuse an acquaintance on April 1 in the 1100 block of East Grand Avenue, according to a Carbondale police news release. 

Janowski, a freshman studying marketing, was arrested and charged Monday at Lentz Hall without incident. He was incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail after his arrest. 

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SIU spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said Janowski is a student. 

Goldsmith said when a student is arrested, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibility will “take action based on the nature of the charges.”

Court records show Janowski was arrested on a separate misdemeanor battery charge in late 2015 for allegedly striking a male victim in the face with his fist. A jury trial has been scheduled for July 28, with Judge Kimberly Dahlen presiding.

Bill Lukitsch contributed reporting. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Luke Nozicka can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3325.

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