Ohio State rape suspect has history of violence against women

David Canter - Credit OSU Public Safety

A registered sex offender was in jail Friday, accused of kidnapping and raping an Ohio State student last weekend.

It happened just after midnight Saturday morning near campus.

According to campus police, the female student was walking near 8th and Neil when she says a man came up behind her, put a gun to her head, and forced her to a second location.

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Court records obtained by 10TV say outside a nearby residence, the suspect put a knife to the victim's throat and then raped her.

The attack prompted a Public Safety Notice from Ohio State.

Thursday night, Ohio State Police announced the arrest of 38-year-old David W. Canter of Columbus. He is charged with kidnapping and rape.

Canter has a history of violence against women. In 2000, he was convicted of kidnapping and abduction.

The criminal complaint said he held a woman at gunpoint, forced her to walk several blocks and threatened to tie her to a tree.

He was sent to prison for four years, classified a sexually-oriented offender, and required to register.

In 2006, 2008, and 2009, he was convicted of failing to keep his registration updated, and served another three and a half years in prison.

In 2013, Canter was convicted of domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend, and given 60 days in jail.

Ohio State advises students to be cautious and look out for one another. They say be aware of your surroundings, and walk with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.

From OSU Department of Public Safety:

As a reminder, sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors. Additional resources are available at: http://titleix.osu.edu/sidebar-resources/response/resources.html

Crimes are never the fault of the survivor. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Lock your doors and windows. As a reminder, Ohio State’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers free window and door alarms and light timers: https://offcampus.osu.edu/

Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program: https://dps.osu.edu/safe-ride