Rust College sex abuse civil suit slated for 2015


By JB Clark

Daily Journal

OXFORD – A July 2015 trial date has been set in the civil case alleging Rust College knowingly rehired a sex offender who allegedly raped a student in 2012.

The unnamed defendant in the federal case claims Sylvester Oliver, a 64-year-old former Rust professor, was asked to resign from the school in the early 2000s for inappropriate sexual conduct. After leaving Rust, the suit claims, he went to work for Memphis City Schools, where he was fired in 2006 after being accused of raping a student.

He was then rehired at Rust College, where the unnamed defendant alleges Oliver raped her in his office while she sought advice from him in September 2012.

Oliver was indicted by a Marshall County grand jury in October 2012.

After his arrest, the lawsuit states, Oliver voluntarily resigned his faculty post at Rust.

The trial is scheduled for July 13, 2015, so as to not interfere with Oliver’s criminal proceedings in the Marshall County Circuit Court, where his trial is set for the April 2014 term.

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