Tuesday 17 July, 2018

White roommate in used tampon-smearing case pleads not guilty

Brianna Brochu (left) and Chennel Rowe

Brianna Brochu (left) and Chennel Rowe

A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican-American roommate's belongings has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mischief and breach of peace.

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

Representatives of the state NAACP and other civil rights advocates protested again in front of the courthouse, asking the state to add a hate crimes charge.

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 January 29.

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