by Max Brantley
Moore reported the incident to campus police, university officials, and prosecutors, starting a nearly seven-month process that she said was mishandled by officials. “I am shocked, disappointed, and I feel betrayed by both systems,” Moore said, adding, “My overall impression is that they either did not want to do their job or they did not know how.”
The university, local prosecutor, and city attorney said they followed normal procedures. But the Southern Arkansas University spokesperson, Vicki Butler, also told BuzzFeed News in a written statement that the case is now being reinvestigated — where any person with knowledge of the event will be interviewed — because Moore “was given verbal and not written notice” of her rights under Title IX, the federal gender equality law.
And after nearly three months — and several recent messages from BuzzFeed News — the city attorney, John Stobaugh, said Tuesday he is considering filing misdemeanor charges in the case.
“He was suspended for a year,” David Butler told BuzzFeed News. “A one-year suspension is not light punishment.”Butler dug himself a deeper hole with the irrelevant (and perhaps inapplicable here) alcohol angle.
“What we found in Arkansas, a majority of these cases, where alcohol is involved and there’s the issue of whether it was consensual sex or not … if you took that in front of a jury, they’d laugh you out of the courtroom,” he said. (Moore said alcohol wasn’t a factor in this case, and she said the roommate touching her was not consensual.)Moore's attorney contacted City Attorney John Stobaugh in April. He said he is now considering misdemeanor charges.
“I looked at it and I didn’t see enough sexual contact to make it a felony,” David Butler told BuzzFeed News.