ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WAVY) - Elizabeth City State University has a backlog of unsolved crimes of reported cases that were never even investigated, according to Chancellor Dr. Willie Gilchrist.
"We were not aware that these investigations were not being done," Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist says his office with help from Elizabeth City Police have identified 125 crimes on campus since 2007 that were never been investigated by campus police. 18 of those are reported sexual assaults.
"Safety being a key for us, you put your trust in those who you have assigned to handle the responsibility," Gilchrist added.
In other words, Gilchrist says it was Campus Police Chief Sam Beamon's responsibility to investigate the cases. Beamon resigned Friday.
WAVY.com also learned four other campus officers are off the job due to the ongoing investigation. ECSU only had 12 officers to begin with.
The events on campus began a couple weeks ago when dorm assistant Anthony Butler was arrested. Police say he sexually assaulted a co-ed in her dorm room. That student told WAVY.com she went to campus police to report it, but Butler wasn't arrested until the Elizabeth City Police stepped in.
The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the way Beamon handled the reported sexual assault.
Gilchrist says campus safety remains a top priority. Elizabeth City State police are getting help from city police and other campus officers from the University of North Carolina system.
"Elizabeth City State is no different than any other community at all," Gilchrist added. "There are issues that we had and we are diligently working on those issues."
Forty of the 125 cases have been solved by city police.
The dorm assistant, Anthony Butler, who was arrested for sexual battery was arrested again on campus over the weekend. This time Elizabeth City Police arrested him for trespassing.
Butler was at Saturday's commencement ceremonies.
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