Columbia Police to Investigate Courey Sexual Assault Allegations
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department took the reigns from the MU Police Department Monday on an investigation into Sasha Menu Courey's alleged sexual assault in February 2010.
Sergeant Joe Bernhard said the Columbia Police Department received information about the possible rape of Courey from the MU Police Department. The incident may have occurred off Huntridge Drive and was not previously reported to the Columbia Police Department.
"The alleged assault occurred off campus, and therefore lies within the jurisdiction of CPD," according to a statement MU made Sunday. "The university will assist CPD in any way possible as they conduct their investigation."
MU's statement also said that since the alleged victim or her parents did not file a complaint, the investigation was never launched. It stated privacy laws prohibited MU medical personnel from reporting anything Courey might have said to them about the alleged assault without her permission.
Bernhard said the Criminal Investigation Division will review the information available about the case and detectives will follow up on that information.
"MU first became aware of the alleged assault in late 2012, after Sasha's June 2011 death, upon reviewing the transcript of an online chat that Sasha conducted with a crisis hotline believed to have taken place in December of 2010," according to MU's statement.
Members of both the Columbia and MU police departments said they would not make any further comments on the case.