Case of alleged student rape at Morgan State still open

Morgan had said case was closed without charges; however, city police continue to investigate

  • Students walk a pedestrian bridge at Morgan State in a 2002 file photo.
Students walk a pedestrian bridge at Morgan State in a 2002 file… (Barbara Haddock Taylor,…)
July 12, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

The city police investigation into the alleged rape of a Morgan State University student earlier this year remains open, contrary to a report by the university last week.

The U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into Morgan's handling of the reported sexual assault late last month amid heightened scrutiny of the way universities nationwide respond when students say they are raped. The federal investigations are nearly always the result of a formal complaint.

In the Morgan case, a female student told university officials on March 20 that she had been raped in off-campus student housing three weeks prior by a fellow student. The university passed on the information to Baltimore police, who began investigating. This week, police said they cannot release more details of the alleged rape because investigators are still trying to locate witnesses.

Last week, Morgan State spokesman Clint Coleman said campus police told him the case had been closed by prosecutors without charges. Coleman said Friday that campus police had gotten the case mixed up with another case of a sexual assault in the same place.

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