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    JLM: 2002 Rape Allegations at Liberty University

    Jesse Matthew, U.Va. kidnap suspect, expelled from Liberty University in 2002 after alleged rape
    September 25, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (ABC) - Jesse Leroy Matthew, the man charged with the abduction of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was expelled in 2002 from Liberty University amid rape allegations - but no charges were ever filed, the school confirmed Thursday.

    In a statement, the university said Matthew was as a student there from 2000 to 2002 and played on the school's football team.

    Liberty said Matthew was expelled from the university in 2002 following an alleged sex attack on a female student.

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    Copied from General Discussion Thread #15. Thanks, Gitana.

    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    Well, if it;s sexual assault, that's not an expulsion based on inappropriate conduct. It's sexual assault. But if that happened, why weren;t the police involved? can anyone give me the scoop?

    Scary stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by gitana1 View Post
    I guess I answered my own question:

    Regarding a report of sexual assault on Liberty University's campus in 2002, Liberty University Police Department maintains certain public records as required by the Clery Act. It maintains a public crime log. In 2002, the log was called the "Criminal Incident Log." The logs may be viewed in person at the Liberty University Police Department office upon request. They are not available online and are not electronically searchable. Below is a chart listing the nature, date, time, general location and disposition of all sex offences (forcible) reported on Liberty University's campus during 2002.


    Date Time Area Description Disposition
    10/17/2002 0426 hrs. Vines Center Rape Report

    Liberty University can also report that the October 17, 2002 rape report was investigated by the Lynchburg Police Department and it is documented with a report that is on file in the Lynchburg Police Department's Records Section (Incident # 2002071459). We understand the matter was also turned over to the local Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Questions regarding investigation and disposition of the matter should be directed to those entities.http://www.wset.com/story/26627533/r...ootball-player

    So it appears he was accused of rape. The matter was investigated. He was not charged, apparently, but was kicked out. Much too much coincidence for me to conclude that this guy is possibly innocent of harming Hannah. He's fitting the profile pretty nicely I think.

    Just so scary.
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    #BREAKING: Lynchburg Commonwealth confirms #JesseMatthew involved in sexual assault allegation at Liberty. Victim didn't pursue charges.

    https://twitter.com/KLOVEREPORTER/st...26771164508160

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    Quote Originally Posted by s3cr3tag3nt View Post
    #BREAKING: Lynchburg Commonwealth confirms #JesseMatthew involved in sexual assault allegation at Liberty. Victim didn't pursue charges.

    https://twitter.com/KLOVEREPORTER/st...26771164508160
    Well, there you go. This sucks.

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    Just saw this. I didn't realize it had been confirmed by Lynchburg Commonwealth. Wow.

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    Another incident in Sept/Oct...
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    Wow.

    Please get this guys DNA and test it to the DNA in the MH case

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    Woooow. Could that girl press charges retroactively?
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    This guy get's off with everything like his 2009 assault.

    Our justice system is pathetic

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    I saw some discussion in the 'discussion' thread from earlier but I figure it may fit better here so I'll drop this here for those who'd like to understand more about Liberty.

    Private Christian universities, especially those that are on the more conservative end (in any sense) and that have a "code" or "conduct" of community behaviour or expectations, etc. are definitely a unique experience, especially if you've not spent any time in a community where that is reality.

    One of the most interesting books I've ever read (well, I listened to it - which I think was probably even more interesting!) actually is about the experience of a guy who leaves Brown to go 'undercover' as a student at Liberty to try to understand what such an entirely foreign 'culture' to him was like, and then to write about his experiences.

    For anyone who's never had any experience in a really conservative church or school, it's probably even more interesting since the author was a total "outsider" going in to Liberty, and so you see the things that struck him, that he struggled with, that he disagreed with, and his attempts to make sense of all of that internally. From his "lessons" before going with a friend who was going to help him try not to curse and to use Liberty appropriate language, to him trying to do what his new peers did (like read the Bible regularly) even though it wasn't anything he'd normally crack open. He expects to feel judged and dislike most people, thinking they would be closed minded or boring, etc., yet ended up being totally shocked at the genuine love and care he experienced. And ironically, he ended up getting one of the last interviews with Jerry Falwell in 2007 before he died (it actually is the last print interview with him).

    If the thought of a 'culture' that has strict guidelines and community expectations is totally foreign, or you're curious what it would be like stepping into that as someone who never grew up in any sort of context like that, but almost everyone else has and didn't question the conduct code in place, you'd probably find it interesting.

    And even for those who have been - or still are - parts of communities (churches, schools, etc.) where that's the 'norm,' or at least tending to have a relatively community based standard to some extent, it's still quite interesting. And though you see him initially struggle with (and to some extent judge) the expectations or choices the faith community there made, it's interesting to see his progression thought wise when he saw that for most there, they'd have made many of those choices out of genuine belief in the principles behind some (or all) of them, but that love and grace were far more evident than he'd ever expected.

    It's definitely an interesting look at the culture there - and as he was there pretty close to when JM was there, it's also similar in terms of what was in place standard wise then, and the experiences of someone living in the context of the community at Liberty.

    The book is Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. It's a quick read or listen as Roose really draws you in (and like I said, I listened to the audio, which was great since he was the one who did the audio and so it's really like hearing from a person across the table from you)

    Given JM's having studied there, and this additional incident (and who knows what else we may learn) with him getting expelled, etc. I think many would find it interesting and helpful.


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    TravelingBug, great post! I grew up southern Baptist. A lot of church folks wanted me to go to Liberty, I went to a party school instead. I spent a lot of my 20's trying to reconcile some of the hate that was thrown at me growing up. I'm more of a love and grace person. I have to note though that my parents always discussed what was said in church vs real life. They made it clear that everyone didn't believe the hate, and it don't think they did either.

    Having had a lot of friends that went there, I wonder if the woman was shamed? I mean you aren't supposed to kiss someone while there.

    I will definitely be reading that book. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s3cr3tag3nt View Post
    #BREAKING: Lynchburg Commonwealth confirms #JesseMatthew involved in sexual assault allegation at Liberty. Victim didn't pursue charges.

    https://twitter.com/KLOVEREPORTER/st...26771164508160
    JMO -- I'll bet a buck that Liberty U. did all it could to quiet-down this case with as little publicity as possible. It wouldn't look good at any college or university anywhere. It's a private school and parents of students have certain expectations, especially about the safety of students. Big state-supported universities do not have the same type scope as smaller private ones. Who knoze what was said & done to keep this incident out of the mass media. This is absolutely not meant as a negative comment on Liberty University itself; it's just the way many private colleges/university operate. This incident just happened to occur at Liberty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelmajane View Post
    Woooow. Could that girl press charges retroactively?
    Seems to me she could, up to the date the statute of limitations allows... Did she have a rape kit done? That would be the 1st question from LE and her attorney. IMO, that would be the sine qua non of the investigation. Gotta have that, methinks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelmajane View Post
    Woooow. Could that girl press charges retroactively?
    Not if the statute of limitations has expired

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelingBug View Post
    I saw some discussion in the 'discussion' thread from earlier but I figure it may fit better here so I'll drop this here for those who'd like to understand more about Liberty.

    Private Christian universities, especially those that are on the more conservative end (in any sense) and that have a "code" or "conduct" of community behaviour or expectations, etc. are definitely a unique experience, especially if you've not spent any time in a community where that is reality.

    One of the most interesting books I've ever read (well, I listened to it - which I think was probably even more interesting!) actually is about the experience of a guy who leaves Brown to go 'undercover' as a student at Liberty to try to understand what such an entirely foreign 'culture' to him was like, and then to write about his experiences.

    For anyone who's never had any experience in a really conservative church or school, it's probably even more interesting since the author was a total "outsider" going in to Liberty, and so you see the things that struck him, that he struggled with, that he disagreed with, and his attempts to make sense of all of that internally. From his "lessons" before going with a friend who was going to help him try not to curse and to use Liberty appropriate language, to him trying to do what his new peers did (like read the Bible regularly) even though it wasn't anything he'd normally crack open. He expects to feel judged and dislike most people, thinking they would be closed minded or boring, etc., yet ended up being totally shocked at the genuine love and care he experienced. And ironically, he ended up getting one of the last interviews with Jerry Falwell in 2007 before he died (it actually is the last print interview with him).

    If the thought of a 'culture' that has strict guidelines and community expectations is totally foreign, or you're curious what it would be like stepping into that as someone who never grew up in any sort of context like that, but almost everyone else has and didn't question the conduct code in place, you'd probably find it interesting.

    And even for those who have been - or still are - parts of communities (churches, schools, etc.) where that's the 'norm,' or at least tending to have a relatively community based standard to some extent, it's still quite interesting. And though you see him initially struggle with (and to some extent judge) the expectations or choices the faith community there made, it's interesting to see his progression thought wise when he saw that for most there, they'd have made many of those choices out of genuine belief in the principles behind some (or all) of them, but that love and grace were far more evident than he'd ever expected.

    It's definitely an interesting look at the culture there - and as he was there pretty close to when JM was there, it's also similar in terms of what was in place standard wise then, and the experiences of someone living in the context of the community at Liberty.

    The book is Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. It's a quick read or listen as Roose really draws you in (and like I said, I listened to the audio, which was great since he was the one who did the audio and so it's really like hearing from a person across the table from you)

    Given JM's having studied there, and this additional incident (and who knows what else we may learn) with him getting expelled, etc. I think many would find it interesting and helpful.
    I was just headed over to this thread to say the same thing, but you did it so beautifully I'll just add my recommendation. Fantastic book.

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