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Suspect in Salem sex case faces additional charges

Hung P. Nguyen has been charged with two counts of impersonating an officer and sexual battery. He was released from the Roanoke County-Salem Jail on an unsecured bond and is scheduled for a hearing in October.

Hung P. Nguyen has been charged with two counts of impersonating an officer and sexual battery. He was released from the Roanoke County-Salem Jail on an unsecured bond and is scheduled for a hearing in October.

A 25-year-old man who was arrested at Roanoke College this week on suspicion of sexual assault had been impersonating a police officer, according to the Salem Police Department.

The man, Hung P. Nguyen, was arrested about 1 a.m. Sunday, after students said he matched the description of a man suspected of calling male students to his car and groping them, said police Sgt. Mike Crawley.

"The suspect was inside of a vehicle when he attempted to gain the victims' attention by calling them to his car and telling them he was a police officer," Crawley said.

In one of two incidents, a 19-year-old student told police he was walking on Clay Street near North Market Street about 2 a.m. Sept. 3 when he was sexually assaulted. College officials described the suspect as a thin, 5-foot-10-inch male who attempted to grab him sexually and pull him into a student parking lot.

Nguyen has been charged with two counts of impersonating an officer and sexual battery. He was released from the Roanoke County-Salem Jail on an unsecured bond and is scheduled for a hearing 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in Salem District Court.

- Jorge Valencia

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