NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - NOPD sex crimes investigators arrested Delgado Community College admissions adviser Rashad Harold, 36, Thursday after a woman claimed he groped her and wanted sexual favors in return for helping with tuition concerns.
The woman moved from Chicago six months ago and said she went to campus to speak with someone about tuition payment options.
The alleged victim spoke exclusively to Fox 8 and said Harold sexually assaulted her inside of his office at the Student Services Center building on March 3.
"He told me to close the door at one point to have a little bit more privacy because he wanted to discuss payment issues. If anyone on the outside office was to walk in, he didn't want anyone to hear. I closed the door and he told me how he could switch me from an out-of-state resident to an in-state resident and it could save me a couple thousand dollars," the woman said.
The woman provided Fox 8 with documentation of the tuition amount. She said she did not object to Harold's change in the computer system to save her money, but she said she did object to what she claimed happened next.
"When I got up to leave, he was like 'you owe me'. I was kind of side-eying him. He was like 'you owe me for helping you out on the tuition changes'," she said. "When I got up, he got up as well. He proceeded to interlock his arms around my waist and he was inches away from my face begging for a kiss. You know touching all over my body, all over my thighs, all over my back end, and he was extremely aggressive with it. I couldn't get out of his arms. We were closed in the office alone."
The woman said the struggle to get out of Harold's arms lasted more than a minute. Shaken by the encounter that happened on a Friday, she said she left Delgado's campus that day and made her official report with campus police on March 7.
"The campus police told me he would be placed on leave while the investigation was open but he was never even placed on leave. He was still on campus," she said. "I didn't feel safe on campus so I did dropped all of my classes. I was just going to find another option. I didn't feel safe. I didn't feel comfortable and I feel like they didn't handle their jobs at all."
While campus police investigated her claim, Harold continued to see students in his office.
On March 15, Fox 8 requested information about Delgado's investigation.
On March 17, the Delgado Police Department turned its investigation over to the New Orleans Police sex crimes unit.
Thursday afternoon, NOPD investigators arrested Harold at his office. He is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.
Fox 8 reached out to Delgado administrators for an interview to see why Harold was allowed to meet with students in his office while the investigation was still ongoing for more than three weeks and if he was being investigated for possible fraud for allegedly changing a student's tuition. Administrators declined to comment and referred us to NOPD.
The alleged victim said she never agreed to give Rashad any favors in return for reducing her tuition.
"I wouldn't disagree with taking money off of my tuition, but I never agreed to that's a favor. I never agreed to can I get anything in return for this or anything."