Mizzou Refers New Rape Case Info to City Police
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX) – There’s been a development in the case of a former University of Missouri swimmer who committed suicide after allegedly being sexually-assaulted.
The university is turning over to Columbia Police the case of Sasha Menu Courey.
The university says the action is being taken following an ESPN report that brought to light new information that administrators were not previously aware of.
That TV report questioned why Mizzou didn’t investigate the alleged rape of Menu-Corey after she said she’d told medical professionals, a rape crisis counselor, a friend and an athletics department staffer about it.
Mizzou officials said there had been no investigation because there had been no official complaint, and because medical professionals have to respect patients’ privacy.
For a link to CBSSports.com ‘s initial story, click here.
Here’s the statement the University of Missouri released on Sunday:
“Our sympathies continue to be with the parents, family, friends and teammates of Sasha Menu Courey for her loss.
As a result of information that first came to the University of Missouri’s attention in a Friday, January 24th report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines program related to former student-athlete Sasha Menu Courey, the MU Police Department submitted information to the Columbia Police Department on the evening of Saturday, January 25th. This information from ESPN’s story included names of individuals who might have relevant information regarding the alleged February 2010 assault.
After review of this new information which was previously unavailable to MU, it was determined that the alleged assault occurred off campus, and therefore lies within the jurisdiction of CPD. The university will assist CPD in any way possible as they conduct their investigation.
MU was previously unable to go forward with an investigation because there was no complaint brought forward from the alleged victim or her parents, and there was otherwise insufficient information about the incident. Privacy laws prohibited MU medical personnel from reporting anything Sasha might have shared with them about the alleged assault without her permission.
MU first became aware of the alleged assault in late 2012, after Sasha’s June 2011 death, upon reviewing the transcript of an online chat that Sasha conducted with a crisis hotline believed to have taken place in December of 2010.
MU’s Office of Student Conduct asked Sasha’s parents in a letter dated Jan. 28, 2013, if they had any information that would help identify those involved and if they wanted an investigation of the alleged assault to occur, but they did not respond. In the fall of 2013, after continued communication with ESPN through numerous Sunshine requests, MU asked that ESPN share names of anyone at the University who they claimed knew about the alleged assault; they refused.
Out of respect for the CPD process, MU will not comment on the investigation.”