Friday, November 12, 2010

Former MU student faces false report charge

HUNTINGTON — A former student is facing two misdemeanor charges stemming from a Marshall University Police Department investigation, according to a release from James E. Terry, MU’s Director of Public Safety for the university.

The person, who was not identified in the release, faces charges of filing a false report of an emergency and obstruction to the MUPD on Sept. 12. The release said the agency obtained warrants on Friday. The charges stem from a report of a student accusing three males of sexual assault of a female and a male in a freshman residence hall on the Huntington campus.

Terry said Thursday that the investigation was complete, but the university did not elaborate on the incident at that time. The initial call came in at 1:12 a.m. Sunday, Sept.12, indicating four men had sexually assaulted the victims in South Freshman Hall late Sept. 11, according to the agency's incident log. It was then described as a second-degree sexual assault. University officials said Thursday that there was not sufficient evidence to charge someone with assault.

"We have concluded there is insufficient evidence to pursue any charges relating to the alleged sexual assault or to substantiate that such an assault even occurred," he said in Thursday’s prepared release.