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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- The police chief of Elizabeth City State University is now on administrative lead as state investigators continue looking at a complaint of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice at the university.

Action against Sam Beamon was taken last Thursday and the university is currently looking for an interim chief, officials told 13News.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegation surrounding a sexual battery incident at a dorm room at Butler Hall.

Anthony Butler Jr. has been charged in the incident. He was a temporary residence security officer and volunteer women's basketball coach.

University of North Carolina System spokeswoman Joni Worthington says officials were told of the complaint about how the university handled the incident and sent it along to state law enforcement agencies.

MEMO FROM ECSU OBTAINED BY 13NEWS:
Changes at the ECSU Police Department
Last Friday, UNC General Administration was contacted concerning the campus's handling of a complaint of assault and sexual battery at Elizabeth City State University. In response, UNC GA notified appropriate state and local law enforcement agencies, including the local district attorney, the NC Department of Justice, and the State Bureau of Investigation. At the district attorney's request, the SBI is conducting an independent investigation. We welcome the SBI's assistance in this matter and hope for a prompt resolution.
As of Thursday, April 25, ECSU Police Chief Sam Beamon was placed on administrative leave. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the University Police Department will continue operations under an interim police chief, who will report to the Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance. Until an interim is named, Kelly White, major of operations for the NC A&T State University Police Department, is serving as acting police chief.
To protect the integrity of the investigation, we are not able to provide additional information at this time.

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