Jesse Matthew, Suspect in Hannah Graham’s Abduction, Investigated for Campus Sex Assault in 2003

Jesse Matthew, the man linked to the abduction of a University of Virginia student as well as the death of another young woman, was investigated for a campus sex assault years ago.

According to officials with Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, Matthew was a student there from January 2003 through Oct. 15, 2003. He was investigated in connection with a sexual assault on campus that occurred Sept. 7, 2003. 

Last month, Matthew, 32, was charged with the abduction of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen with him just after 1 a.m. Sept. 13 on Charlottesville's downtown mall. The search for Graham continues.

Since then, Matthew has been forensically linked to the death of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after attending a concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body was found several months later.

In addition, police have said there is a link between Harrington's death and a 2005 Fairfax City sex assault, though they have not named Matthew as a suspect in that incident.

Matthew was also investigated in connection with an alleged sex assault at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2002 but charges were never filed.

Matthew is due in court Thursday for a reckless driving charge in Charlottesville that led to his arrest last week.

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