The man arrested and charged with the abduction of Hannah Graham was previously expelled from Liberty University for raping a female student on campus. See below…
Jesse ‘LJ’ Matthew, the man charged with the abduction of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, was accused of rape when he studied at Liberty University, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
Matthew was expelled from the Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2002, following the alleged sex attack on a female student but was not charged with any crime, former teammates said.
Police announced last night that Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, after going on the run. He appeared in court there this morning charged with Hannah’s abduction ‘with intent to defile’ and is awaiting extradition to Virginia.
As a gifted football player, ‘LJ’ – as he likes to be known – won a sports scholarship to Liberty University after he was named Charlottesville’s ‘Athlete of the Year’ in 1999.
But Matthew, now 32, was forced to leave before he graduated following the allegation that he raped a female student on the university campus in October 2002.
Lynchburg City Police investigated the rape allegation and Matthew was named as a suspect, MailOnline has been told. But the student was not arrested or charged, due to lack of evidence.
However his scholarship was withdrawn and he was thrown out of the university, his teammates told MailOnline.
Former Liberty Flames Football captain William Haith said: ‘LJ was on the football team. He was a defensive end. He won a sports scholarship for football.
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