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    Wednesday, December 10 2014 9:12 AM EST2014-12-10 14:12:09 GMT
    A San Diego State University student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman during a party near the campus last weekend. 
    A San Diego State University student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman during a party near the campus last weekend. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A day after being arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault near campus, an SDSU student is out on bail.

CBS News 8 cameras were there when 20-year-old Francisco Paiva Sousa was released from jail Wednesday. He was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the alleged assault Sunday. Sousa said nothing as our cameras caught up with him after he made bail.

The SDSU sophomore is accused of forcing a female student to perform oral sex while at a party off campus, according to campus police. Detectives say it happened at a duplex on College Avenue sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning....

"It's kind of scary to read about. It could have been me, SDSU student Bailey Fuimaono said.

Unlike, the other string of alleged sexual assault cases at SDSU, this female victim came forward. It's something Fuimaono says should be noted.

"It's really inspiring. It's scary to identify them. It's empowering because if she can do it, anyone can. It's nice to know someone stepped up and did it," she said.

This is not the first time a sexual assault case has been reported at the same duplex. Back in September, another female student claimed to have been sexually assaulted, but refused to press charges.

Meanwhile, on Sousa's Twitter page just hours before his arrest, one of the Tweets read...

"If last night was the last party of the semester, let me tell you this: there wasn't a better way to end"

Joana Alex says students have been taking to Yikyak, a social media site, to talk about Sousa's arrest.

"A lot of people are saying they're excited he's going to jail. They're saying karma's going to come," she said.

The 20-year-old is the first to be arrested in any of the assaults reported this semester at SDSU. Students we spoke with say they're relieved to know law enforcement officials are not taking the assaults lightly.

"It sends a message this school is going to be a safe school and people can come here send their kids here without worrying about what's going to happen to them," Alex said.

Sousa is scheduled to be arraigned December 18.

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