Ex-student accused of smearing used tampon on roommate’s belongings pleads not guilty, won’t face hate crime

A white former University of Hartford student accused of harassing her black roommate and smearing her backpack with a dirty tampon pleaded not guilty Monday – and won’t face additional hate crime charges.

Brianna Brochu, of Harwinton, Conn., was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace after admitting in an October Instagram post that she put Chennel Rowe’s toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.”

Prosecutors didn’t file additional charges against the 18-year-old on Monday. Brochu asked if she could have a trial by jury, according to the Hartford Courant.

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In the post, Brochu referred to Rowe as “Jamaican Barbie.” She said she desecrated her roommate’s belongings with a used tampon, spit in her coconut oil and put moldy clam dip in her lotions.

Brochu told police she licked Rowe’s eating utensils and that her actions were meant to “appear funny.” Rowe said she suffered throat pain, and the university expelled Brochu.

Thomas Stevens, Brochu’s lawyer, said his client’s actions weren’t racially motivated and that she snapped in response to Rowe’s rude behavior.

The state’s NAACP chapter protested outside the courtroom, demanding she be charged with a hate crime. Her case will continue until Jan. 29.

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