A white former CT university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings is set to go before a judge for a hearing on her request for a probation program.
On Monday, a Hartford judge declared 18-year-old Brianna Brochu eligible for the accelerated rehabilitation program.
Brohchu was charged and expelled after she posted on Instagram about rubbing blood from used tampons on her roommate's backpack and sticking her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine".
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Brochu allegedly took to Instagram and bragged about rubbing used tampons on then-roommate Chennel Rowe's backpack, spitting in her coconut oil, and tampering with her toothbrush.
Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behaviour" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring. Rowe detailed her "nightmares" over the incidents on social media, calling them "acts of hate".
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Brochu's lawyer, Thomas Stevens, apologized on his petty client's behalf and believes she's learned her lesson after losing her scholarship to attend the University of Hartford.
Brochu will be forbidden from having contact with Rowe and will have to submit to a mental health evaluation.
Hate crime charges were proposed by the NAACP, but Brochu avoided them. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said about the case, which the charges made against Brochu will possibly still follow her into the future.
Rowe told police that Brochu "generally ignored her and treated her as a ghost", according to the warrant for Brochu's arrest. Brochu wrote in the alleged post. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates. Friends, potential employers and even potential romantic partners will learn of Brochu's conduct with a simple Internet search, the judge 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.
"The internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations". "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he advised. "That's what we face every day".