Woman claims she was raped at ECSU 2 years ago


From staff reports

Friday, October 6, 2017

Elizabeth City State University police are investigating a former student’s claim that she was raped on the campus two years ago.

Campus police Chief John Manley said Friday that a woman, who is no longer a student, reported the alleged rape to campus police on Sept. 25. According to Manley, the woman said she was sexually assaulted by an unknown male in the Viking Tower residence hall on Oct. 1, 2015.

Manley said it’s not known if the woman’s alleged assailant was an ECSU student at the time. 

He said the woman provided a description of her assailant but no one has been arrested or is being held for questioning.

Manley said he had no information on why the woman was coming forward now. "We'll get to the bottom of it, hopefully, soon," he said.

Following standard procedure in student rape claims, Manley’s department will contact the District Attorney’s Office after ECSU police investigators obtain enough information about the alleged incident to provide prosecutors, he said.

A report of the woman’s allegations was posted on the campus’ crime log, which ECSU is required to maintain under federal law. It is the third allegation of a rape reported on campus since the start of the fall semester in August.

Manley said the previous two complaints of rape ended after the accusers declined to seek prosecution.