University Of Hartford Student Faces Hate Crime Charge In Case Involving Former Roommate – Hartford Courant
A judge ordered Brochu to stay off the University of Hartford campus and not contact her former roommate while her case continues through the court system. West Hartford police added the charge of intimidation based on bigotry or bias to Brochu’s breach of peace and criminal mischief case, police said Wednesday.
Brochu, 18, was arrested on Saturday after admitting to police that she licked her roommate’s dining utensils and smeared bodily fluid on the woman’s backpack.
Brochu did not comment during a brief court appearance in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday morning. Her case, under the request of assistant state’s attorney Carl Ajello, was transferred to Hartford Superior Court with a court date of Nov. 15.
On Oct. 17, the victim started moving her belongings into her new room and was approached by one of her neighbors, who said she saw some “very concerning posts”on Brochu’s Instagram page, police said. The posts appeared to show Brochu “bragging about how she tampered with [the victim’s] personal items,” police said.
One Instagram post was captioned: “Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 ½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions… putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”
The allegations prompted a message from the University of Hartford President Greg Woodward, who said the Brochu’s behavior “was reprehensible and does not reflect the values of our institution.”
Police did not charge Brochu with a hate crime but Woodward said in his campuswide message that the incident “has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear your anger and frustration.”