Less than a day after Chancellor Holden Thorp publicly condemned a hate crime against freshman Quinn Matney, the Department of Public Safety determined Matney had falsified his report to police.
Matney, who is gay, said Monday that a man grabbed his wrist, insulted his sexual orientation and burned him early in the morning April 4 on the Craige Residence Hall footbridge, leaving him with third- and fourth-degree burns. Matney filed a report with campus police April 5.
But after talking with Matney late Tuesday afternoon, DPS detectives found the report to be false, said Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs. As a result, officials said the University will not report the incident as a hate crime.
“The aggravated assault did not take place,” Crisp said, adding that he believes no one other than Matney acted dishonestly.
Matney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.