Former ECSU Police Chief found guilty, won’t go to jail


Sam Beamon (WTKR)

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Former Elizabeth State University Police Chief Sam Beamon was found guilty of not properly reporting crimes on campus in Pasquotank County — but doesn’t have to serve any time in jail.

WTKR reported that Beamon pleaded No Contest to the charge of willful failing to discharge duties. Police said he was not properly investigating crimes on campus.

A judge found Beamon guilty, but suspended his 45-day prison sentence. Instead, Beamon will do community service and serve one year probation.

An investigation revealed the university failed to properly investigate 78 campus crimes, 12 of them being sexual assaults.

The investigation was launched after a former student said she was sexually assaulted in her dorm room and the school did nothing about it.

Since the investigation, the University’s chancellor resigned, the student’s alleged attacker was arrested and a new police chief was hired.


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