Former ECSU police chief charged

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – The former police chief at Elizabeth City State University has been arrested and charged with failure to discharge his duties.

This all stems from a number of uninvestigated complaints from students during his time as chief.

It was a little more than a year ago when victims started coming forward, saying their crimes weren’t being handled. 10 On Your Side first started investigating and learned dozens of crimes on campus were never looked into or reported. Our investigation led to the police chief and chancellor losing their jobs.

Now, Former Police Chief Sam Beamon is facing criminal charges for the way the handled the university’s police department.

The arrest warrant says that from January 2010 to May of 2013 Beamon failed to adequately investigate 78 reported crimes, including 12 sexual assaults. Many of those cases weren’t looked until the Elizabeth City Police Department stepped in.

10 On Your Side also learned many of the crimes that happened on campus weren’t reported to the department of education, which was violating federal law.

Beamon was given the misdemeanor charge Friday. The warrant was issued by the State Bureau of Investigation. Beamon is due in court in Late June and faces a maximum penalty of 120 days in jail, if convicted.

WAVY.com called ECSU officials for comments, and Chancellor Charles Becton sent the following statement: “This matter is proceeding through the judicial system. We believe in that orderly process. We have no additional comments.”

 

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