Jesse Matthew investigated in 2003 for sex assault at CNU

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (WWBT) - 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:

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):

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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