ECSU probe alleged rape


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the second time since the fall semester began in August, Elizabeth City State University police are investigating a student’s allegation of rape on the campus. 

ECSU police Chief John Manley said Tuesday the latest rape allegation was reported to his office on Monday. He said a female student accused a male student of raping her in the male student’s dormitory room at University Suites about 10:30 p.m. Sunday

"We're continuing to look into it and (are) trying to get to the bottom of it," Manley said. "Hopefully, we'll be at some conclusion soon."

A report of the incident was posted on ECSU's campus crime log, which the university is required to maintain under federal law.

The rape investigation is the second campus police have conducted in the past three weeks. The first began after a student alleged she had been raped in the Viking Tower residence hall Aug. 21 by someone who was not an ECSU student.  

Manley said his department’s probe in the case ended, however, because the alleged victim has declined to seek prosecution of her alleged assailant.

Manley said he could not discuss the reason why.

"That was her choice and that's what everybody has agreed upon," Manley said. "She chose not to pursue (the charge) along with the support of her parents."

Manley said the student made her decision not to seek prosecution before his department presented the results of its investigation to the District Attorney's Office. Manley said the District Attorney's Office didn't have any opposition to the student’s decision.

Manley emphasized that every allegation of sexual assault reported to his department is investigated and taken to prosecutors.