Harvard University Police arrested a 39-year-old male Wednesday and charged him with assault and battery, and trespass in connection with an attack on a woman student at the Law School Wednesday.
The arrested man, whose last name is Hurley, is not a student. The attack, "as far as we can tell, was not a sexual assault," Daniel Steiner, general counsel to the University, said last night.
According to Steiner, the woman, whose name was not released, was attacked when she entered Langdell Hall bathroom between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The woman screamed and the assailant fled the room. Steiner said. Another woman hit the attacker in the face with a handbag, and bystanders kept the assailant from leaving until police arrived, he added.
Harvard police refused to comment on the attack.