According to Reuters, a man arrested in Texas for the abduction of a University of Virginia student was returned to Virginia on Friday (September 26) to face charges, while newly released records revealed that he was the subject of a 2002 college rape investigation, but was never charged.
Jesse Matthew, 32, was flown into Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport under FBI escort shortly before 1800 hours on Friday and is being held in jail there pending a court appearance on an arrest warrant for abduction with intent to defile, the FBI and Charlottesville police said.
He was being held without bond ahead of an initial court hearing scheduled for Thursday (October 2).
The FBI said Matthew's extradition to Virginia was kept secret for security reasons, but photos released by the agency showed the shackled suspect, wearing green jail garb and a bullet-proof vest, being escorted by agents across a tarmac toward a van.
Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Virginia, was last seen leaving a Charlottesville bar with Matthew in the early-morning hours of September 13, according to police.
Matthew was found on Wednesday (September 24) in a tent pitched on a beach outside of Galveston, TX, about 1,300 miles from the University of Virginia Charlottesville campus.
COMMENT: Matthew was a primary suspect in a 2002 campus rape investigation while attending the Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, VA, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Doucette.
A woman reported she was raped on the campus of Liberty University on October 17, 2002, according to Lynchburg police. The woman told authorities she had not consented to sex, but decided not to pursue the case. No charges were filed against Matthew. "The issue was one of consent," Doucette said. "Basically, the woman was saying she hadn't consented, and Matthew was saying she had."
Matthew was a student at Liberty University from 2000 to 2002 and played on the football team, university officials said. School officials would not say whether Matthew was expelled, citing federal privacy laws, but confirmed that he left the Lynchburg campus within months of a complaint being filed.
The university statement referenced a campus crime log reporting an alleged rape on October 17, 2002. It did not did specifically name Matthew. Matthew's attorney, former prosecutor James Camblos, declined to comment on the incident.
Charlottesville General District Court documents suggest that Matthew had previous arrests and had prior convictions for public intoxication and indecent exposure.
If the above statement is true, how exactly was Matthew vetted to work in the UVA Hospital operating room?