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Man in custody after intruder at Bible college

By The Canadian Press

THREE HILLS, Alta. - Mounties say a man has turned himself in after several students were touched and propositioned while sleeping in a dormitory at a central Alberta Bible college.

RCMP say the encounters happened at the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills early Sunday.

Police say a man matching a description of a suspect captured on surveillance video turned himself in at the local RCMP detachment.

The school says an intruder broke into the residence building through a ground-floor window.

He went into some unlocked rooms, touched the legs of five male and female students and asked them for sexual favours

The RCMP did not say if the suspect will face any charges.

The school's president, Mark Maxwell, says it's unsettling the assaults happened during freshman orientation weekend. About 150 students were on campus for the first time on Saturday to attend information sessions and a concert. Many moved into their new dorm rooms.

The building was evacuated for several hours Sunday while officers investigated.

"We are, however, grateful for the quick RCMP response and the way students, who are new to the community, have worked together with police and rallied around one another," Maxwell said in a letter posted on the school's website.

"We are grateful for God's provincial care in the middle of this crisis and anticipate His healing in the days ahead, especially for victims."

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