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Mother accuses JSU of protecting athlete from prosecution in daughter’s rape

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Giddy leaves

Jacksonville State University police Chief Shawn Giddy shakes hands with Rob Shaffer, another university police officer, after cleaning out his office. Giddy was informed by the university that he was no longer employed there, he said.  Kirsten Fiscus/ The Anniston Star

A Georgia woman and her mother claim the daughter was raped last year by a Jacksonville State University athlete on campus, and that school officials helped protect him from prosecution.

In a months-long investigation, The Anniston Star learned that two JSU police officers working the case were placed on administrative leave by the university. That status continued more than four months until Monday, when one officer — JSU’s police chief — cleaned out his office, and the other officer returned to work.


Shawn Giddy

JSU’s police chief since 2008, with 30 years total in service at the university. No longer employed by JSU as of June 28 after being placed on administrative leave Feb. 21.


Jai Ingraham

Jai Ingraham

Former chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at JSU. Placed on administrative leave Aug. 14, resigned Sept. 14.


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John Beehler

JSU’s president since 2015. Cicely Leufroy says he played a role in protecting a JSU athlete from prosecution over an alleged rape of her daughter.

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Sam Monk

JSU’s general counsel since 2011, and a retired Calhoun County circuit judge. Leufroy alleges Monk also played a role in protecting the athlete from prosecution.

Carl Preuninger

Carl Preuninger

JSU police investigator, who has worked for the university since 1998. Informed Leufroy of the alleged assault on her daughter. Returned to work Monday after being placed on administrative leave Feb. 21.

Staff Writer Kirsten Fiscus covers crime and public safety for The Star. Patrick McCreless covers JSU, Jacksonville, Piedmont and health care. Reach Fiscus at 256-235-3563 or on Twitter: @KFiscus_Star. Reach McCreless at 256-235-3561 or on Twitter: @PMcCreless_Star.