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White roommate in body fluids case avoids hate crimes charge

Mark Mirko/The Courant via AP, Pool

A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings has avoided a hate crimes charge.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:38 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 10:42 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings has avoided a hate crimes charge.

Prosecutors did not file additional charges Monday against 18-year-old Brianna Brochu, of Harwinton.

The state NAACP and other civil rights advocates had asked the state to add a hate crimes charge to the criminal mischief and breach of peace counts Brochu faces.

Police say the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." Her roommate says she developed throat pain.

Prosecutors say they're still investigating. The case has been continued until Jan. 29.

Brochu left the courthouse without commenting. Her lawyer has said her actions were not racially motivated.

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12/18/2017 1:21:53 PM (GMT -6:00)

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