A prosecutor with the Utah County Attorney’s Office has confirmed the identity of the suspect who reportedly raped a Brigham Young University student who claims she’s under investigation for an honor code violation by the school.
Craig Johnson, an attorney with the Utah County Attorney’s Office, confirmed Friday morning the suspect’s name is Nasiru Seidu, and that he was arrested Sept. 29. The Daily Herald published an article concerning the nature of Seidu’s arrest on Sept. 30.
Police reports state Seidu, 39, pushed Madison Barney, the victim, onto her bed against her will and raped her. Police reports state Barney screamed at him and told him to stop, but he refused.
The Daily Herald has a policy of not naming victims of sexual assault. However, Barney has publicly identified herself as part of an online petition asking BYU to change the way it handles honor code investigations involving sexual assault victims.
Court records show Barney filed for a protective order against Seidu, just a few days after the reported rape, on Oct. 5, 2015. The initial request for the protective order was rejected that same day, but was then granted about a month later.
Seidu was released from the Utah County Jail on Oct. 30, 2015 after posting a $25,000 bondable bail.