Brianna Brochu, Charged With Harassing Ex-UHart Roommate, Gets Probation

Brianna Brochu, Charged With Harassing Ex-UHart Roommate, Gets Probation

Back in November, freshman college student Brianna Brochu was expelled from the University of Hartford for rubbing bodily fluids all over the personal belongings of roommate Chennell "Jazzy" Rowe.

On Monday, the Superior Court in Hartford granted Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that would allow Brochu to have the charges against her dismissed after two years if she completes 200 hours of community service and stays out of trouble, the Hartford Courant reported.

Brochu said Rowe started it by being "rude" and "posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring". "They requested her to do that program before court today..."

Brochu told police she lashed out at Rowe and said she licked her plate, fork and spoon, put blood from a used tampon on her backpack, and mixed her lotions with other lotions from Rowe's desk.

Rowe, in a Facebook Live video, said she had fallen ill multiple times throughout the semester, with campus doctors not knowing what was the cause of her sickness. The post ended with Brochu calling Rowe a "Jamaican Barbie".

She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to 'appear amusing, ' a police report said.


Although several civil rights advocates opposed the judge's decision, demanding as the teen be trialed for a hate crime, Gail Hardy, the Hartford State Attorney who presided over Brochu's trial, declared that revenge was the common denominator and that there are no indications that Brochu's deeds might have been fueled by race.

Rowe stated in court that she was traumatized by Brochu's harassment and called it "acts of hate".

Brochu's lawyer, Thomas Stevens, apologized on her behalf, saying his client wanted to apologize sooner, but that he directed her to hold off out of concern that Rowe would sue. She is required not to have any contact with Rowe and must have a mental health evaluation.

Judge Omar Williams also thinks the public shame Brochu will experience is punishment in itself; stating that friends, potential employers and even romantic interests will all be able to find out about Brochu's conduct with a simple internet search. Even her own children might one day learn about their mother's misconduct. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he advised.

NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile still believes that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said, according to the Hartford Courtant's report.

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