126 Crime Reports Not Checked at Elizabeth City State

Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, May 13, 2013

City police have uncovered 126 reports of crimes at Elizabeth City State University going back to 2007 that were never investigated by campus police, including 18 reports of sexual assaults.

Sam Beamon, campus police chief for 10 years, resigned Friday in the wake of a reported sexual assault at the Butler Hall dormitory last month. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation by campus police.

On May 2, the Elizabeth City Police Department, at the request of the school, agreed to send off-duty patrol officers to help with campus security. City detectives are working five days a week, attempting to solve the backlog of cases, Capt. John Young of the city police said Monday.

So far, city police have resolved 40 minor cases, Young said. Police plan to continue working on campus for about two more months, he said. Arrests in the sexual assault cases will be announced as they are made, he said.


The ECSU administration welcomes the review of the campus police by the SBI, Chancellor Willie Gilchrist said at a Monday news conference.

“We depend on all our department heads to be accountable,” Gilchrist said. “We were not aware this investigation was going to happen. You put your trust in who you have managing to handle it.”

{snip} Of the department’s 11 officers when the investigation began, Beamon and another officer resigned, one was fired, and three others are on leave, Gilchrist said. A seventh officer was put on leave in January for reasons unrelated to the SBI investigation.


Last month, Katherine Lowe, an ECSU senior, reported to campus police that a man tried to assault her while in her dorm room on Feb. 13, March 9 and April 5, according to court documents. On the last occasion, he forced his way in and threw her on the bed, tried to hug and kiss her, and touched her inappropriately, according to the documents.

She said in a phone interview Monday that when she saw that no action was being taken, she reported the incidents to a Pasquotank County magistrate, who reported them to Elizabeth City Police.

“The school said they were handling it, but they weren’t,” Lowe said.

The ciy police on April 17 arrested Anthony O. Butler Jr., 29, a university employee, and charged him with two counts of assault and battery, two counts of breaking and entering and one count of assault on a woman–all misdemeanors.


Elizabeth City State is a 122-year-old university with nearly 2,900 undergraduate students, according to its website.

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  • MekongDelta69

    I’m gonna go with black for a thousand Alex…

    • exLibtard

      Indeed, it is an historically black college.

    • MBlanc46

      Couldn’t miss with a chancellor named Willie.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Willie needs to work on creating a climate at the University where the purple penis men keep their willies in check

        • MBlanc46

          Perhaps he’s too busy employing his own.

          • White Mom in WDC

            Ha! Ha!

  • IstvanIN

    Elizabeth City State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1891 in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year Normal School for the “teaching and training [of] teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina.”

  • The__Bobster

    Even Ivy League colleges will do their utmost to hide crimes that occur on their campuses, especially crimes committed by their Zulu afwheats.

    • Non Humans

      “Even”? More like “Especially”. The Ivy leagues do everything in their power to buffer and insulate their exposure to the third world bantus, while disingenuously advocating for them to everyone else.

  • It is because of HBCUs that the furor over low graduation rates at for-profit colleges died down. Can’t go after a 35% graduater when some HBCUs are doing less than 20%.

    • IstvanIN

      In NJ blacks graduate from the same colleges as everyone else. and they still can not read or write. Rutgers University had an “urban” college where the lowest grade you could get was a C, below that it was no credit and you just kept taking the course over and over until you passed.

      • prettycelticwarrior

        tell me more about Rutgers please. A friend of mine is suppose to go in the fall. Im worried because when I look up the demographics of Newark it says 90% non white like 60 plus % black 30 plus %non white hispanicand only 10% white
        im thinking this is very unsafe as he is a white male. Sounds like he will have to stay on campus in order to be safe.
        I need to look up the students by race etc..I wonder if the student housing is safeomg! I don’t think he should go! omg!

        • texasoysterman

          Your friend may not be safe even on campus. Rutgers is more than 50% diverse.

  • stewardofthemystery

    What’s really absurd is that the “university’s” mascot is a Viking.

    Would’nt a Zulu have been more realistic?

    • observant1

      Why a Zulu? What’s the connection?

      • IBWHITE

        If you can’t connect the dots here you may need to head on over to media matters.

    • Andy

      A Zulu, like an Indian, would have been racist. It’s fine to use Vikings as mascots, though.

    • Phineas

      A few years back they changed the Viking mascot that looked Nordic to a cartoonish looking Viking of sorts that has a super wide nose and super sized lips

  • bigone4u

    Incompetence plus corruption make for a winning team for black colleges. Bring in the auditors and the accrediting agencies.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Colleges in the US have become a joke. In fact all US institutions have become a joke as blacks have been integrated into the mainstream. Bring in blacks you lower the standards of behavior, performance, and civility.

  • observant1

    A few of these comments lack cultural sensitivity and are borderline racist. The implication that school leaders are corrupt because they are black is ridiculous! I think it is more prudent to just say people are who they are, regardless of race. As a psychologist who has worked in higher education for several years, I have remained aware of several cases of scandal at nonblack colleges. Allow me to share with you:
    Hillsdale College President George Roche, III (1999)-has an affair with his daughter-in-law. She later committed suicide. St. Bonaventure President Robert Wickenheiser (2003), athletics director Gothard Lane, and basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff were all fired or resigned and the BOT chair, William Swann committed suicide when it became public knowledge that a member of the basketball team played after it was determined that he was academically ineligible. University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman (2005) resigned amongst a scandal that involved sex, booze, and alcohol used to recruit athletes. American University President Benjamin Ladner (2005) was involved in an expense account scandal involving a 13 course engagement party- his parting gift? A $4 million severance check. UC Santa Cruz President Denise Denton (2006) committed suicide after embezzling $600,000 and giving her partner a job with the lofty salary of $192,000 a year.
    Eastern Michigan University President John A. Fallon IIII (2007) covered a rape-murder. University of Illinois President Bernard Joseph White (2009) gave special admittance to a “clout” of applicants who had connections as a way of bypassing the school’s admissions
    policies. Montgomery College President Brain K. Johnson (2009) maintained a high travel schedule with a heavy spending-all at the college’s expense. The faculty ousted him by a vote of no-confidence. Penn State (that’s about as much as I should have to say, but for the sake of the uninformed and in keeping with consistency) President Graham Spanier (2011), head football coach Joe Paterno, and AD Tim Curley all resigned or fired and Spanier, Curley and VP Gary Schultz received criminal charges for covering up sexual abuse crimes committed by football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The school received $73 million in fines from athletic boards. St. John’s University President Father Donald
    Harrington (2013) was involved in taking out secret loans through his chief of staff, Rob Wile, who was also spending school money for personal use, including travel overseas and shopping trips. Cecilia Chang, then Dean & VP of International Relations embezzled over $1 million from the school and has committed suicide. The connection? None of these schools are black colleges. Everyone should be accountable for their actions, as I am sure the Chancellor at Elizabeth City State and those involved will be also. Please keep it clean and factual, it’s not about race.

    • dean53

      Very good research. Since you know so much, how many of these wrong doers were Democrat, Republican, Independent, Jewish, Gentile, Catholic, Protestant, Atheist, Muslim, etc? My guess is that the overwhelming majority are Democrat.

      Your comment is downright funny: “A few of these comments lack cultural sensitivity and are borderline racist.” Don’t you know what kind of site amren is?? I’m racist and I don’t care — anymore than Obama cares that he cares more about blacks & Muslims than whites & Christians. Good grief! Do you think this is Huffington Post???

      • 1proactive2

        I am also a psychologist, and have worked with the criminal element for decades. It’s obvious the “psychologist” who did the mini-research project above is severely lacking in critical thinking skills. Whenever anyone tries to redirect that “everyone commits these crimes” to take the focus off a guilty party or group, they are dishonest to the core. As well, any sober adult can simply drive by a prison when the prisoners are out in the yard, and then count the black faces. Blacks overwhelmingly populate prisons across the country.

    • Blaak Obongo

      “A few of these comments lack cultural sensitivity and are borderline racist.”

      GASP! We’ve been found out! The…errr…jig is up!

    • Persona Non Grovel

      https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=orange%20taylor%20iii&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CD0QFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMurder_of_Laura_Dickinson&ei=IxicUee2NsPWygGryYDQBg&usg=AFQjCNHLAXK8tS_qojBeRqcqXj83XibVuA&bvm=bv.46751780,d.aWc yes- the coverup from Eastern Michigan involved in the rape/ murder of a coed? Orange Taylor was the perp. I wonder what color he was. Hint: not orange. Doing life in a Michigan prison. May he RIP- Rot In Prison. So the leaders of the schools who covered things up. If the Zulus wouldn’t have acted like Stone Age savages, the presidents would not be in the position to lie and cover up the misdeeds. Also the coach who played a basketball player regardless of poor grades. A good chance is that he’s a Zulu. Bassaball is all you had to say. Of course I’ll grant you Sandusky. A scumbag of the worst kind. If I were in charge the guy would not be breathing these days. But the affletes you speak of we’re majority black. Colorado has been trying to keep up with other “universities” and upgrading their sports teams in the name of diversity. You, as a psychology expert, should realize that media will not tolerate a negative light to be shown on diversity, so heads will fool, but it will be the spineless white liberal masters who sell out their own kind to save their jobs. And rarely do they keep their jobs anyway. Bitter pill to swallow, eh?

  • Luis

    Doesn’t mean much, but perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus is ex-Dallas Cowboy DT Jethro Pugh.