Matthew Expelled From Liberty University in 2002 After Alleged Rape

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr.
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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - As the desperate search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham intensifies, a man named as a person of interest in the case is wanted on reckless driving charges. Many residents of Charlottesville and around the state are asking: who is Jesse Matthew?

Today, Liberty University released a statement, saying Matthew was a student at the college.

The statement says that the university "had a student by the name of Jesse Leroy Matthew enrolled from 2000 to 2002. This student was on the football team roster during the 2000 (redshirt freshman), 2001 and 2002 seasons."

The University confirmed with Charlottesville Police that the former football player is the the suspect in the disappearance of Hannah.

Matthew was expelled from Liberty University in 2002, following an alleged sex attack on a female student.

Liberty University mentioned the incident in their release. They showed a portion of a campus crime report log. The incident involving Matthew is detailed on the fourth page of the 2003-2005 report, according to Liberty University.

The report says that on Oct. 17, 2002, at about 4:30 a.m., there was a reported rape at the Vines Center on campus.

Liberty University says that the Oct. 17, 2002 rape report was investigated by the Lynchburg Police Department. The incident was also turned over to the local Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Former teammates say that he was not charged with any crime.

Matthew was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night. Police say that he will be extradited back to the Commonwealth.

As police continue their aggressive search for Hannah, details about Matthew's background have emerged. According to public records, Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. has faced a variety of charges over the last several years, most of them traffic violations. Below is a list of charges, provided by the Virginia Online Courts Database.

Charlottesville General District Court:
Traffic/Criminal Court
-failure to Obey Railroad Crossing Signal (2010)
-Trespassing (2010)
-Speeding (2010)
-Speeding (2013)

*No charges/cases in civil court*

Albermarle General District Court:
Traffic/Criminal Court

-Speeding (2007)
-Evasion of Traffic Control (2011)
-Failure to Appear in Court (2011)
-Driving on Suspended License, 2nd Offense (2011)
-Possession of Stolen Property, Inspection Sticker (2012)
-Illegal Inspection Sticker (2012)
-Failure to Obtain Registration (2012)
-Failure to Submit Inspection (2012)
-Driving Under Suspended License (2012)
-Altered Registration (2012)
-No rear view mirror (2014)

*No charges/cases in civil court*

According to the Associated Press, Matthew is a nursing assistant at the University of Virginia Health System. 8News placed several calls to the hospital, none of which were returned.

Monday afternoon, police performed another search of Jesse Matthew's apartment. After executing another search warrant, Charlottesville Police removed several bags of evidence from the apartment.

Additionally, Matthew is now wanted on two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, after he sped away from the police station on Saturday.

Matthew went to the station voluntarily and had not been brought in for questioning. After speaking with a lawyer, police say Matthew was seen driving at a high rate of speed before he evaded capture by authorities monitoring his whereabouts.

Matthew is still a "person with whom we would like to talk to about the whereabouts of Hannah Graham," Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

"I believe Jesse Matthew was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the Earth because it's been a week and we can't find her," Longo said.