Missouri president seeks investigation of rape allegation

Jan. 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The University of Missouri's president called for an investigation of the alleged sexual assault of a swimmer, leading to her suicide, in 2011.

University System President Tim Wolfe notified the chancellors of the four campuses in the university system Sunday of his request that the university's Board of Curators hire independent counsel to conduct a review.

His request came after ESPN aired a story on Sasha Menu Courey, her alleged rape by members of the Missouri football team and her suicide.

Columbia police said it had no record of a sexual assault case involving Menu Courey prior to information submitted Saturday by the school police department.

After the story aired and was posted online, Menu Courey's mother, Lynn Courey, told the Columbia, Mo., Daily Tribune the school sent her a letter in February explaining a "chat transcript" of a conversation between her daughter and a rape crisis counselor in December 2010 in which Menu Courey recounted the sexual assault.

The letter asked for more information about the incident and asked if they family wanted the school to investigate the assault. The family did not respond to the letter, Lynn Courey said.

Menu Courey died in June 2011.

A statement from the school Sunday noted there was "no complaint brought forward from the alleged victim or her parents, and there was otherwise insufficient information about the incident."

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