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Ex-University of Hartford student in body fluids case seeking probation program

Brianna Brochu's booking photo in November. West Hartford Police Department via AP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate’s belongings is expected to ask for a probation program that could result in criminal charges being erased.

Eighteen-year-old Brianna Brochu is set to appear Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. Her lawyer, Tom Stevens, expects her to apply for accelerated rehabilitation.

The Harwinton resident is charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace.

Police say the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate’s backpack and putting her roommate’s toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Her roommate says she developed throat pain.


Civil rights advocates have called for hate crime charges.

Stevens says the roommates had a falling out and Brochu’s actions were not racially motivated.