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UoP Defends Sexual Assault Investigation After ’60 Minutes’ Story

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(Credit: CBS '60 Minutes')

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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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