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NCCU: Former student never disclosed sex offender status

Posted July 19, 2010 4:05 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina Central University officials said Monday that a former student who was charged last week with a sex crime involving a current student didn't reveal he was a convicted sex offender on his enrollment application.

Brandon Alexander Whitehurst, 21, no address available, was charged on July 13 with sexual battery and a probation violation.

An N.C. Central student told campus police that Whitehurst tried to force his way into her dorm room last week.

Whitehurst was convicted in July 2006 of incest and had to register as a sex offender.

He attended N.C. Central in the 2008-09 school year and the fall 2009 semester but didn't enroll after that, school officials said Monday.

The university never conducted a background check on him because he didn't state on his enrollment application that he had a criminal record or that he was a registered sex offender.