UoP Defends Sexual Assault Investigation After ’60 Minutes’ Story

STOCKTON, Calif. (CBS13) — University officials defended their handling of an alleged sexual assault of a University of the Pacific basketball player three years ago after ’60 Minutes’ investigated the fallout of the case.

Students and faculty attended a special meeting administrators arranged after the story of Beckett Brennan aired Sunday night.

Brennan said she was raped by three male basketball players after a night of partying while she was a freshman. Because Beckett didn’t press criminal charges, the case ended up in the hands of a university judicial review board.

The three suspects were all found guilty but received different punishments. One player was expelled, another was suspended for a year, and the third was suspended for a semester.

Judicial board members Lou Matz and Lisa Cooper said they couldn’t reveal details of the attack or investigation, but said the punishments fit the crime according to the evidence they had at the time.

“There were contradictory views between the complainants and respondents, and no one was in the room but them,” Matz said.

UoP student and sexual assault victim Monique Jones, who attended Monday’s meeting, said she hopes administrators hand out stiffer punishment for attackers in the future, especially student athletes.

“It does seem like a slap on the wrist,” she said.

University officials defended their handling of an alleged sexual assault of a University of the Pacific basketball player three years ago after ’60 Minutes’ investigated the fallout of the case.

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  1. Redneckwriter says:

    “University officials defended their handling of an alleged sexual assault of a University of the Pacific basketball player three years ago after ’60 Minutes’ investigated the fallout of the case.”

    I love how the writer of this article started and ended this with the exact same paragraph. It’s like they are farming the news writing to a foreign country.

  2. avid 60 minutes fan says:

    I hope the truth comes out. It is to be expected that University of Pacific defends its handling of the case given the microscope that its now under but as the 60 Minutes segment raised, ‘should any univeristy adjudicate such a situation OR is it best left to the state or local government’s criminal justice system to determine the outcome?’.
    One can’t help feel badly for Ms. Brennan.
    We have had a similar case in the SF bay area where a young woman was sexually assaulted by a group of baseball players from a community college and were it not for the brave involvment and interference of 3 young women who observed what was happening to this young woman, she was likely to have been raped by more young men.
    It’s a very sad commentary on our society when young women are sexually assualted under the influence of alcohol by men who take advantage of the situation. Don’t these ‘men’ have mothers, sisters, or daughters?

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