Branson man charged for sex crimes and kidnapping college students

Published: Nov. 11, 2018 at 10:39 PM CST
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Two College of the Ozarks students arrived back to campus ten minutes after the college’s 1 a.m. curfew on October 29th.

They told police they went to the commuter lot to sleep until the gates reopened. That’s when Robert Hyslop allegedly smashed a window, pulled out a gun, and got in the car. Officials say Hyslop had one of the students drive to another location. Then, he allegedly forced them, both at gunpoint, to perform sex acts with each other.

The 49-year-old from Branson is a convicted felon and was charged Thursday, without bond, with first degree sexual abuse and sodomy and two counts of first degree kidnapping.

College of the Ozarks released a statement Sunday:

"We are saddened by the incident that has occurred, and caring for these students is our no. 1 concern. We appreciate your prayers and privacy for them at this time.

"It is our desire that all our security practices, and existing curfew and guidelines, help protect and assist our students. Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, and students who arrive past 1 a.m. may call the phone number for security that is posted at the gate to gain admittance. These processes are being reviewed with students."

KY3 News also spoke to several students who did not feel comfortable talking about security or the incident.