A convicted felon from Branson was charged Thursday in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of two College of the Ozarks students.

Robert J. Hyslop, 49, was booked into the Taney County Jail, where he is being held without bond. 

Dan Luttrell, investigator with the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, in court documents obtained by the News-Leader, said Hyslop, who was still on a supervised probation after he pleaded guilty in a 2017 drug case, admitted he had been high on methamphetamine for three days when he spotted two students – a male and female – asleep in a car.

According to court documents, the two students told Luttrell they returned to the Point Lookout campus just 10 minutes after the 1 a.m. curfew on Monday, Oct. 29 and found the college’s front entrance, known as the Gates of Opportunity, locked. It reopens daily at 5 a.m.

After a quick stop at the Kum & Go convenience store on Gage Drive, not far from U.S. 65, the two told Luttrell they parked in an adjacent commuter lot and went to sleep. A couple hours later, Hyslop allegedly knocked on the window of the car. 

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