Sexual Assault

sexual assault test kit
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kate Thornton-Maurer

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department this week was awarded an $837,342 federal Justice Department grant to help end a backlog of sexual assault cold cases.

About 600 kits that were processed more than 10 years ago will be re-tested at an accredited lab using new DNA-testing technology. Many date back to the 1990s.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police have charged a Charlotte school teacher with sexually assaulting two children. 

Police Arrest Two Teenage Suspects In Homicide

Jul 21, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

Updated at 9:39 a.m. July 22, 2017 -

Police have arrested two 15-year-old boys they say were involved in the June 18 robbery and murder of Zachary Finch.  Finch was killed at an apartment building in west Charlotte during what CMPD says was a transaction involving the thrifting app, “Let Go.”

Police Make Arrest In Uptown Sexual Assault

Jun 1, 2017
Jane Wester / Charlotte Observer

Police arrested a 19 year-old man they say robbed and sexually assaulted a couple in uptown Charlotte early Thursday morning. The couple was walking back to their hotel around 2 a.m. when police say Tevin Williams approached them by the convention center holding a gun. 

Nick de la Canal/WFAE

A group of clergy abuse survivors is criticizing the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte for its handling of sexual abuse cases. This comes on the heels of a meeting between Pope Francis and abuse survivors yesterday, and the recent dismissal of criminal and civil sexual assault cases in the Charlotte Diocese.


David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net

Students, faculty and some area residents marched across the Davidson College campusThursday morning in the latest public facet of a debate over sexual assault and the college’s sexual misconduct policy. The march, an online petition and other discussions have showed widespread support for reform among students. And in brief remarks, college President Carol Quillen called for change in how the campus addresses this devastating but often unreported crime.

'Ski Mask Rapist' Confesses To Six More Crimes

Nov 13, 2013
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A 34-year-old sexual assault case ended Tuesday. In 1979, Jerry Brooks raped at least eight women in Charlotte. He was scheduled to go to trial today but as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.


Traditionally, sexual assault involving students on college campuses were assigned to student-run honor systems which even many students viewed as ineffective and unfair. Indeed, schools around the country have been accused of questionable practices when it comes to prosecuting sexual misconduct. Will the updated Violence Against Women Act solve this problem? We look into that and into the complicated intersection of school, crime and justice when Charlotte Talks.