GPD investigating sexual assault after victim’s drink allegedly tampered; Protesters gather, petition to remove fraternity

Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville police are investigating a sexual assault they said happened after officials said the victim’s drink was allegedly tampered with before being consumed.

ECU officials said the incident happened on Oct. 29 after receiving a report of the incident, which is labeled as aggravated assault under the Clery Act. The sexual assault happened at the Theta Chi Fraternity House. A description of the assailant was not available, officials said.

The Greenville Police Department issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that provided some clarification to its role in the incident.

“On October 30, 2021, GPD was notified of a possible sexual assault that was reported to have occurred during the timeframe noted in the alert.  Sexual assault allegations are not to be taken lightly and are very sensitive in nature. We are fortunate to have a skilled team of Special Victims Unit detectives who have been assigned the case and are continuing to investigate the matter. In an effort to protect the integrity of our investigation and safeguard the alleged victim’s rights and identity, as well as ensure any potential suspects in the case are afforded due process, we will not be releasing additional details about the case.  This is our protocol in all sexual assault cases.”

GPD said it has not received any reports of drink tampering related to the case “or any other cases currently being investigated by GPD detectives.”

About 100 people attended a protest Tuesday night that was held outside the Theta Chi Fraternity House. A video that WNCT’s Caroline Bowyer received from Lillian Yardley had protesters chanting “real men get consent” during part of the protest.

(Lillian Yardley video)

A petition was also created by Yardley to remove the fraternity from ECU. As of Wednesday afternoon, over 2,200 signatures had been collected.

ECU police remind students and others to not accept drinks at social gatherings, even if it is a pre-packaged beverage. You are also encouraged to report suspicious or criminal activity.

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