NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Christopher Newport University officials say Jesse Matthew was investigated, but not charged, for a report of criminal activity while a student there.
CNU spokeswoman Lori Jacobs said after consulting with Virginia State Police Wednesday, the university is now able to confirm Matthew was investigated after someone reported a sexual assault happened on campus September 7, 2003.
University administrators said Matthew attended the school from January 2003 through October 15, 2003. He was also briefly on the university’s football team, but left the team five days after being accused of the alleged sexual assault.
“Students don’t usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month. However, federal student record privacy laws (FERPA) limit the information we can provide. The university is fully cooperating with law-enforcement agencies,” the university said in a statement last week.
Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, was charged last week with abduction with intent to defile in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student, who was last seen on Sept. 13 after she attended a party in Charlottesville.
On Monday, a forensic clue uncovered in that investigation has led investigators to believe they have “a significant break” in the unsolved death of another young woman who vanished from UVa.’s campus five years ago, police said, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before.
Additionally, WSLS 10 reported Wednesday that the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible link between Jesse Matthew and Cassandra Morton, who went missing in 2009.
And back in Newport News, police say while they have no reason to indicate Matthew as a suspect, they are revisiting the cases of two women who disappeared just miles from campus while he attended CNU.
No further information has been been released.