Sexual assault victim demanding $4.8 million after former FVSU officer’s arrest

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The woman who accused a former FVSU officer of inappropriate sexual acts is demanding $4.8 million in damages following the arrest of 52 year-old Wilbur G. Bryant.

Attorneys representing Nya Hall in the case against the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia released a statement this morning.

The statement claims that Fort Valley State University did little to protect students after multiple complaints about Bryant’s interactions with young women on campus. It also claims that the investigation revealed Hall wasn’t Bryant’s only victim.

“This type of sexual assault is all too pervasive in our society and on college campuses.
The victim and her family want to bring awareness to the epidemic of sexual assaults that are sweeping this country and college campuses. Many times these sexual assaults go unreported,” the statement reads.

They’re asking anyone else who may have fallen victim to come forward.

Bryant was arrested early Friday morning by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after a nearly 6 month-long probe into allegations of sexual misconduct. He’s now facing both misdemeanor and felony charges for simple battery (m), bribery (f), and 2 counts of violation of oath of office (f).

FVSU also released a statement following the arrest. It reads:

“As you know, in April 2018, university officials learned of allegations against Lt. Wilbur Bryant and immediately initiated an investigation. Shortly thereafter, Lt. Bryant resigned. The university has cooperated fully with law enforcement.”

Here’s the full statement from Hall’s attorneys:

Attorneys’ representing Nya Hall, victim and now former Fort Valley State University

student, today announced they have made a formal demand to the Board of Regents of the
University System of Georgia seeking damages of $4.8 Million.

The demand alleges a pattern of persistent predatory sexual conduct by now former Fort Valley State University campus police officer, Lt. Wilbur Gene Bryant along with a culture that sanctioned his behavior.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation started its investigation in April of this year and as of September 7, 2018, Bryant has been arrested and formally charged.

This type of sexual assault is all too pervasive in our society and on college campuses.
The victim and her family want to bring awareness to the epidemic of sexual assaults that are sweeping this Country and college campuses. Many times these sexual assaults go unreported.

The ongoing investigation has revealed additional victims.
The demand alleges that Officer Bryant arrested the victim so that he could use his
position of authority to sexually harass and assault the student.

Officer Bryant repeatedly harassed and intimidated the victim and entered her dormitory room without permission and sexually assaulted her.

Prior to the incident, Fort Valley had received multiple complaints regarding Officer Bryant’s predacious conduct but did little to protect the vulnerable students.

If you are a victim or if you know a victim, we encourage you to contact your local
authorities. If you would like to speak with the attorneys’ handling this case, please call Megan Prosser at 770-867-7446.

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