More women come forward after arrest of UA sexual assault suspect

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — After police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a University of Alabama student on campus, investigators say more women are coming forward.

University of Alabama freshmen students Christianna Guttridge and Leah Bellot are more cautious this week. They say their guard is up because of Joseph Spota. The suspect turned himself in Tuesday to authorities and is charged with kidnapping and rape.

“I think it is scary but I think most people are aware of what could happen when you come to college. But you know now it does happen and it opens your eyes to be more careful,” Guttridge said.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide investigators believe this is not the first time Spota has tried to lure woman into his SUV. Lt. Kip Hart says several more women have contacted police claiming Spota tried to entice them to get into his car.

“So far we have spoken to seven females who have had some kind of contact with him. We also have two unidentified females through video examination,” Hart said.

According to Hart, one woman says a man using similar tactics tried to approach her last March.

Joseph Spota is accused of sexually assaulting a female student early Sunday morning on campus. Police say the suspect told the victim he was part of a church group offering sober rides to those who need a ride home.

Joseph Spota is out of jail after posting a $60,000 bond Wednesday afternoon.

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