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Jesse Matthew investigated in 2003 for sex assault at CNU


Christopher Newport University in Newport News has confirmed that Jesse Matthew, the Charlottesville man who is suspected of abducting Hannah Graham, was investigated for an alleged sexual assault that occurred at the university in 2003.

On Thursday, the university clarified its statement from Wednesday, saying, "A complaint against Mr. Matthew of sexual assault on September 7, 2003,​ was made by one of our students. The matter was thoroughly investigated by University Police. No physical injuries were reported. The victim chose not to proceed with a criminal prosecution. Federal law prohibits us from reporting on University disciplinary actions."

On Wednesday, CNU released a statement confirming details and indicating it would not make any more comment on the issue.

The statement in full:

Christopher Newport University confirms that Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. attended the University from January 2003 through October 15, 2003. He was a member of the football team from August 14 to September 12, 2003. Students don't usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month. However, federal student record privacy laws (FERPA) limit the information we can provide. The University is fully cooperating with law-enforcement agencies.

There is a single file related to Matthew at CNUPD. However, the University is withholding this record pursuant to the exception from mandatory disclosure of Code of Virginia 2.2-3706 (2)(a), and in cooperation with law-enforcement agencies. The success of the criminal investigation is paramount at this time.​ The University has consulted with the Virginia State Police again today, and we are now releasing the following non-exempt "criminal incident information" specified in Section 2.2-3706 (A)(1):

1) A general description of the criminal activity reported: Sexual Assault

2) The date the alleged crime was committed: Date: 09/07/2003

3) The general location where the alleged crime was committed: CNU campus

4) The identity of the investigating officer or point of contact: C​aptain​ Scott Austin, University Police​

5) A general description of any injuries suffered or property damaged or stolen: No physical injuries were reported.​

The University will release no additional information regarding Mr. Matthew and will have no further comment.​

Earlier on Wednesday, Hampton Roads NBC affiliate WAVY reported that CNU spokeswoman Lori Jacobs confirmed the investigation after she consulted with the Virginia State Police.

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