Woman in body fluids case not facing hate crimes charge

Brianna Brochu (Photo: West Hartford Police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors did not file additional charges Monday against a former college student accused of smearing body fluids on her roommate’s belongings.

The state NAACP and other civil rights advocates have asked the state to add a hate crimes charge to the criminal mischief and breach of peace counts facing 18-year-old Brianna Brochu, of Harwinton.

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Police say the former University of Hartford student, who is white, wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her black roommate’s backpack and putting her roommate’s toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Her roommate said she developed throat pain.

Prosecutors say they’re still investigating. The case was continued Monday until Jan. 29. Brochu left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

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Her lawyer, Tom Stevens, has said her actions were not racially motivated.

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