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UPDATED: A List of College Football Rape Cases

I’m sure that the following list is incomplete but I am trying to create as comprehensive list as I can. Hence the update below (original list can be found here).

A big part of the reason for this is that whenever you try to argue that there are patterns in behavior in our society, people demand that you give them every single last example before they will even begin to listen to your argument (listen, I say, not believe what you say or agree with you). So, I’m being pre-emptive on that count. Also, there is something about seeing a list like this and visually taking this in. That has its own impact. No matter how much I think about this, read about this, or write about this, I am constantly surprised at how many cases there are that I am able to locate.

Reminder: these are the cases that we know about. As I’ve noted before:

One in five women on a given college campus will be raped, 85 percent of those women will know their attackers, and 90 percent of those rapes will go unreported.

90% go unreported.

And the problem of sexual assault on college campuses is dire. According to MSN News last month, “students at 29 universities…have brought legal action, accusing institutions of negligence in the handling of reports of sexual violence and violating Title IX, a 1972 law protecting students from discrimination driven by gender.”

According to Benedict and Keteyian in The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football:

Scarcely a year goes by without one or more college football programs being rocked by sexual assault charges. In 2012, players at five BCS schools were charged with sex crimes.

I’ve addressed the overlap of football and rape culture at RH Reality Check.


1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s


1970s

Notre Dame in 1974 and 1976 (from Deadspin):

There was a woman who in 1974 accused six Notre Dame football players of gang-raping her. She was hospitalized and spent a month in psychiatric care, but that didn’t stop a university administrator from calling her “a queen of the slums with a mattress tied to her back.” There was the 17-year-old St. Mary’s student who in 1976 was raped by three men, two of whom had been accused in the 1974 case. The men were caught in the act. The woman says her resident assistant brought her to a top St. Mary’s official, who informed her one of the men had raped another St. Mary’s student. After that, she tells Henneberger, “I was told to shut up and mind my own business.”

Outcome:

1974: No charges filed.

1976: No charges filed.

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1980s

Syracuse in 1986:

Tom Watson, a senior offensive lineman on Syracuse University’s football team, has been suspended for five games after his guilty plea in a sexual misconduct case.

Watson initially was charged with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sodomy in connection with the alleged attack on an 18- year-old university woman in a dormitory room in February. The woman since has transferred to another school.

Eggers’s office, in a statement, noted that a grand jury did not find evidence to indict Watson and that he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct on the advice of his father and counsel while maintaining his innocence.

Outcome: The grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict but Watson plead guilty to a lesser charge of sexual misconduct.


University of California at Berkeley in 1986:

Four University of California at Berkeley football players accused of raping a female student have agreed to apologize to her, undergo counseling and perform public service work, officials said.

”The resolution was what she wanted out of the case,” university attorney Shelly Drake, who represented the female student, said Friday.

The woman, who was involved in negotiations for the settlement, said she was sexually assaulted Sept. 27 by the four men at the Clark Kerr dormitory just off campus.

Outcome: The four men agreed to apologize to her, undergo counseling and perform public service work. The Alameda County district attorney’s office declined to prosecute, saying there was insufficient evidence. University said the men could continue to play football.


Colorado in 1986:

This month, after a three-year investigation, Miles Kusayanagi, a second-string linebacker in 1984 and ’85, was arrested and charged with raping one woman and the attempted rape of another. He is suspected of being the Duct-Tape Rapist, who terrorized Boulder by sexually assaulting eight women in 1986. Most of the victims reportedly had their eyes or mouth covered with silver duct tape before being raped. Kusayanagi is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Outcome: (from 1992) Kusayanagi “convicted on four counts of first-degree sexual assault and is serving an 80-year sentence in a Colorado prison.” But as of today, he is listed in sex offender registries which indicates that he is out of jail.


Colorado in 1989:

Freshman running back Marcus Reliford, who is out on $7,500 bail after being charged with sexual assault and burglary. [...]

At about 2 a.m. on Jan. 20, Reliford broke into a dorm room shared by two women, made sexual advances to one of its occupants, was rebuffed, bit her on the neck and raped her. [...]

McCartney sometimes doesn’t seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation either. After the Reliford arrest, he told Denver television reporter Jane Hampden, “Rape by definition is a violent act; an act whereby there’s real physical violence involved, and so I don’t think that’s what we’re talking about here.”

Outcome: I can’t find the outcome of these charges. But by 1990, Reliford was playing football at the University of Akron. The following year, he pled guilty to burglary and after being dismissed by the University of Akron, sued them for it (he lost).


The Oklahoma University case from 1989 that I wrote about briefly at the Atlantic:

Perhaps the best example is that of Nigel Clay, one of two Oklahoma football players found guilty of gang-raping a woman in a dormitory in 1989. In 1992, Clay told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know how to say it, but, bottom line, I just felt that sometimes, walking around . . . Well, speaking for myself and a lot of other people, we felt like we were above the law,” he said, “like OU would protect us from anything.”

For more on this particular case.

Outcome: “In November of 1989, Clay and an Oklahoma teammate, Bernard Hall, were convicted of raping a 20-year-old Oklahoma City woman in the Sooner athletic dormitory, Bud Wilkinson House. Both players received 10-year prison sentences. A third Oklahoma player charged in the case, Glen Bell, was acquitted.” (link)

In 1994, Clay was out of jail after serving four years and playing football again, this time for San Bernardino Valley College.

It appears that Hall was playing in the Arena Football League in 1996: “St. Louis FB/LB BERNARD HALL sets the AFL Record for rushing touchdowns in a single season with 29.”


1990s

USC in 1990:

Three incoming USC freshman football players are charged with battery and sexual battery and false imprisonment of a USC graduate student.

Outcome: The three were acquitted.


Arkansas in 1991:

Derrick Dodson, an Arkansas football player on academic probation, pleaded guilty to rape and burglary and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Outcome: Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 in prisons. Based on a sex offender registry, it appears that he is now out of jail and homeless in Alabama.


Nebraska in 1991:

The 5-foot-2-inch, 120-pound Redmond, then 18, was enrolled at the University of Nebraska for just one week when she met the 6-2, 265-pound [Christian] Peter, a nose tackle on the football team. She says Peter, who could bench-press 450 pounds, lured her to his room and raped her. The next day, she says, Peter pushed his way past dorm security and into her room, where he raped her again, this time with two of his teammates keeping watch.

Outcome: Redmond went to the police two years after the rapes occurred. ”

Redmond says she received death threats and prank phone calls (with the callers playing the Nebraska fight song). Her car was vandalized, and she says she was trailed by a private investigator. “The university knew and they just didn’t care because they were playing good football,” says Redmond.

Peter was never charged with assaulting Redmond.”

(see below in 1993 for more on Peter)


Missouri in 1991:

Linebacker Louis Thomas was kicked off the Missouri football team following his arrest on a rape charge, coach Bob Stull said.

Outcome: He was convicted of rape but had appealed the case in 1993: “A jury convicted Louis Thomas of rape, but it considered evidence that Thomas had made a sexual advance toward another woman in an incident not related to the alleged rape. Thomas alleges that the evidence so inflamed the jury’s passions and prejudices that it prevented him from receiving a fair trial. We agree. We reverse his conviction and remand the case for a new trial.”

I cannot find any information beyond that point.


Arkansas in 1992:

Two former Arkansas football players were acquitted of rape charges yesterday in Fayetteville, Ark., after a jury heard the defendants deny having sex with a teen-age girl who said she consented to the acts.

The girl was 13 at the time of the incident last April, and Arkansas law defines sex with a partner under the age of 14 as rape even if the partner is willing.

Freddie Bradley and Derrick Martin, both 22, were found innocent in Washington County Circuit Court. Martin was also acquitted of an additional charge of sexual abuse, stemming from allegations he forcibly fondled a 14-year-old friend of the younger girl.

Bradley, a running back, and Martin, a defensive back, were dismissed from the team last spring after charges were filed.

Outcome: Arkansas had revoked [Bradley's] scholarship so he went home to Oxnard to live with his wife, Edith, and young son, Svondo. He then went to Sonoma State and was eventually drafted into the NFL.

I was unable to find anything definitive about Martin.


Nebraska in 1993:

In 1993, Melissa DeMuth filed a police complaint saying Peter invited her to his room in the company of his friends, and then sexually assaulted her. Also in 1993, Peter repeatedly grabbed Natalie Kuijvenhoven, a former Miss Nebraska, by the crotch in a crowded bar and in an obscenity-laced tirade told her how much she loved it.

Outcome: Peter was convicted of sexual assault and received 18 months probation. “He continued to play football for Nebraska. After the 1993 conviction, Nebraska coach Tom Osborne suspended Peter for one game, a spring exhibition.”

Peter went onto an NFL career.

(for more on Peter, see above in 1991)


Florida State in 1994:

First:

On Monday kicker Scott Bentley received 40 hours of community service and a $500 fine after pleading no contest to charges he illegally taped a sexual interlude.

Bentley, who kicked the game-winning field goal in FSU’s national title victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, admitted making an audio tape of an encounter with Florida A&M student Heather A. Bates in February at her apartment.

AND

Reserve tight end Kamari Charlton was arrested Tuesday on a charge of raping a former girlfriend.

Charlton, a former all-state player at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, was charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of battery.

Outcome: Bentley pled no contest, did community service hours, and paid a fine. He was suspended for that summer, allowing him to return to the fold a week before the start of training camp.

Charlton was “suspended by then-coach Bobby Bowden and was dismissed from school for the 1994-95 season. [...] He was later acquitted of all charges and was reinstated to the team for the 1995-96 season. In 1998, he was arrested for battery in Tallahassee and served community service.”


Arkansas in 1994:

DeAnthony Hall was charged with attempted rape for a 1994 incident with an 18-year-old woman in a dormitory for athletes.

Outcome: He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of public sexual misconduct and was sentenced to one year in jail with six months suspended and fined $1,000.

I was unable to find anything else about Hall.


East Tennessee in 1994:

Keith Mills, Jeff Johnson, and Nakia Thompson were accused of having sex with two girls ages 15 and 13 in a dorm room in 1994 and charged with statutory rape.

Outcome: “They pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. They received suspended jail sentences of 11 months and 29 days of probation and were ordered to perform 96 hours of community service.”

I was unable to find out anything about the players beyond this.


Virginia Tech in 1994:

According to the lawsuit, Ms. [Christy] Brzonkala was returning from a party with another female student, Hope Handley, at 2 A.M. on Sept. 21, 1994, when Mr. [Antonio] Morrison and Mr. [James] Crawford, whom Ms. Brzonkala did not know, called to them from the third floor of the dorm. The women went into the room of the two men and spent a few minutes talking to them.

When Ms. Handley and Mr. Crawford left the room, Mr. Morrison raped Ms. Brzonkala, the lawsuit charges. It says that Mr. Crawford then returned, and the two men took turns sexually assaulting her. Mr. Morrison told her, the lawsuit says, “You better not have any diseases.” [...]

Christy agreed to bring a confidential university disciplinary complaint against the young men she identified as her assailants: two freshmen football players, both residents of her dormitory. But the university cleared one for lack of evidence and, after ordering a one-year suspension of the other, canceled it just before football season.

Outcome: Brzonkala left Tech in August 1995 after she learned that the university had reinstated Crawford. The university cleared Crawford after a teammate came forward as an alibi witness, and set aside a one-year suspension meted out to Morrison by two administrative panels.

Brzonkala decided to federally sue, seeking “$8.3 million from the university and the two students, Antonio J. Morrison and James L. Crawford” under the Violence Against Women Act. A federal judge in a District Court ruled in favor of the two men in February 1996 and dismissed the suit.

That April, “a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict Antonio Morrison and James Crawford.”

Brzonkala also brought a federal lawsuit against Tech for sex discrimination, a suit that was dismissed in May 1996.

In late 1997, “A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit voted 2 to 1 on Tuesday to uphold the 1994 law, which allows victims of sex-based crimes to sue their attackers in Federal court,” siding with Brzonkala in her VAWA suit.

In 1999, “A 1994 law that allows rape victims to sue their attackers on grounds that their civil rights were violated was declared unconstitutional today by the Federal appeals court here. Ruling 7 to 4 in the case of a college student who sued two football players at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declared that the law was a ”sweeping intrusion” into matters traditionally handled by the states. The appeals court said Congress had reached too far in interpreting its right to regulate interstate commerce when it passed the law, the Violence Against Women Act.”

In January 2000, the case was heard before the Supreme Court. Their ruling in May affirmed the Fourth Circuit’s decision, striking down the part of VAWA on which Brzonkala built her case.

(for more on Crawford, see below in 1996)


Clemson in 1994:

Andre Humphrey was accused of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in 1994.

Outcome: He was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that included counseling and 50 hours of community service. Based on this Getty image from 1995 of Humphrey playing, he clearly returned to playing for the team. That’s confirmed here.


Southern Methodist in 1994:

Weldon English, Eric Yarbrough, and Calvin Robinson Jr. were accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1994 at a motel in Denton, Texas.

Outcome: “English and Yarbrough pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of sexual assault, and each received seven years of probation. Robinson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault and received four years of probation.”


Idaho State in 1995:

Five current and former football players were charged with having sex with 14- and 15-year-old girls, statutory rape. Later, Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman reduced the charges to misdemeanor battery because the alleged victims refused to testify in public.

Outcome: “Football players Ike Johnson and Thomas Washington pleaded guilty, were fined $350 and placed on a year’s probation. Head Coach Brian McNeely informed them they were permanently kicked off the team. Former players Sam Carter and Derrick Carter, no relation, pleaded guilty to the same charges.”

Looks like Johnson is now a high school football coach in Idaho.

I was unable to find out anything about the players beyond this.


Missouri at Columbia in 1995:

Rahsetnu Jenkins was charged with felony rape in Columbia, Mo., in 1995.

Outcome: Jenkins “pleaded guilty to reduced charges of first-degree sexual misconduct and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors. He was given a one-year suspended sentence and two years of supervised probation on the misconduct charge and 60 days in county jail on the assault charge.”

Jenkins was initially indefinitely suspended from the team (though he remained on scholarship).

“Oct. 26, 1995: Missouri wide receiver Rahsetnu Jenkins rejoined the football team shortly after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct and assault on a 24-year-old woman. He initially was charged with rape.

Missouri coach Larry Smith said Jenkins’ plea to a lesser charAge warranted the reinstatement. “To me, a misdemeanor is a misdemeanor,” Smith explained at the time. “Even being a misdemeanor, it has cost him 3-1/2 months of football and seven games. … If there was any kind of disciplinary action, it has already happened.””

Jenkins, 21, is Missouri’s leading receiver.” (link)


UNLV in 1995

The incident early this year began after a party when the victim became intoxicated and consented to have sex with a man. After the sex act, while the victim lay nearly unconscious, [Arthur Turner Jr.] was offered an opportunity by the man to have sex with her. The woman later complained to police and Turner was arrested, although he claimed the sex was consensual.

Outcome: Turner “was charged with sexual assault but [on February 16, 1996] pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of false imprisonment, a gross misdemeanor.”

I was unable to find out anything about Turner beyond this.


Virginia Tech in 1996:

The 19-year-old woman said [senior fullback Brian] Edmonds and [sophomore wide receiver James] Crawford took turns holding her down and raping her. The charges will go before a Montgomery County grand jury next month. Both men have maintained their innocence.

Outcome: Edmonds was dismissed from the team, Crawford suspended (Edmonds had been charged with participating in the beating of a Tech track member; he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 28 days suspended for this crime). They both sued the woman for extortion and defamation but withdrew the lawsuit.

In April 1997, they were indicted on charges of rape and sodomy. Crawford, who had been arrested during the 1995 season for another incident [another sexual assault, see above in 1994], was no longer with the team at that point.

In Sept 1997, both “pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Friday and were given suspended sentences. [...] In entering what is known as an Alford plea, the two conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict them of attempted aggravated sexual battery, but they did not admit guilt. Circuit Judge G.O. Clemens accepted their plea and the sentence recommended by prosecutors. Each man received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $500 to area women’s counseling centers.”


Grambling State University in 1996:

Grambling State University has expelled five students, including four football players, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl Nov. 9 in a campus dormitory.

Michael Mitchell Gooden, 19, Marlon Evis Jones, 20, and Dalin Montrell Smith, 19 and Michael Smith, 18 were redshirt players on the football team.

Outcome: (Feb 1997) “Four former football players at Grambling are no longer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, but of…having sex with a juvenile. The Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office also dropped charges of aggravated oral sexual battery against the men.”

I was unable to find out anything about the players beyond this.


New Mexico State University in 1996:

After James McIntyre, a starter on the New Mexico State football team, was charged with raping two students last summer, the head coach suspended him. But the athletic department decided to honor his scholarship pending trial. He was allowed to stay on campus, although he had previously been convicted of disorderly conduct after a skirmish with the campus police, and had been the subject of several sexual harassment complaints.

I was unable to find out anything about McIntyre or his trial.


Appalachian State University in 1997:

In early 1997 at Appalachian, a student said she was raped by at least six football players while heavily intoxicated. Under North Carolina law, sex with someone too incapacitated or intoxicated to give their consent qualifies as rape.

According to a 1997 News & Observer article, the judicial board acquitted all of the players of forcible sexual offense, which would have resulted in them being expelled. They found five guilty only of lewd conduct, one was suspended and the others simply couldn’t play football while on probation.

Afterwards five of the players sued the woman for libel and slander (the suit was later dismissed).


Notre Dame in 1997:

Kori Pienovi, who graduated from Notre Dame in May, says Rego raped her in his dorm room Oct. 11, 1997, when she was a freshman.

No criminal charges were filed against Rego, but Pienovi said he was expelled from Notre Dame the following February after a disciplinary hearing and an appeal to the university president, the Rev. Edward A. Malloy.


Iowa in 1998:

Robbie Crockett was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1998 and was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Crockett pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to 90 days in prison and three years of probation. He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs of more than $2,700 and to pay for the victim’s counseling.

According to Iowa football’s page for Crockett, he played the 1998 season.


Colorado at Boulder in 1997 and 2001 (from my Atlantic piece):

In 1997 and again in 2001, women said that they were raped at parties hosted for football recruits. The later instance involved both football players and high school recruits who, together, allegedly sexually assaulted three women. No charges were filed in either case. The 2001 case, though, led to multiple lawsuits that went through the courts for years, finally ending in a settlement in 2007.

But there was another case at Colorado in 1999:

As a CU placekicker in 1999, Katie Hnida says she endured a kind of sexual hell you can’t imagine. After being verbally abused and molested by teammates, Hnida says, she was raped by one of them.

And July 2013: “University Of Colorado at Boulder Faces Federal Investigation For Being Too Lenient On Rapists


Heidelberg College (Ohio) in 1999:

According to authorities, Pixler was a freshman at Heidelberg in November, 1999, when he encouraged Nicholas R. Klingler, 21, of Circleville, Ohio, to commit the assault on visiting Bowling Green State University coed who had passed out. The videotape was played for other male students in the King Hall dormitory.

Klingler, a former linebacker on Heidelberg’s football team, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery and was sentenced in July to four years in prison. Klingler, who had agreed to testify against Pixler, also was designated as a sexually oriented offender.


Oklahoma State in 1999:

Alison Jennings told her parents that on Nov. 21, 1999, she had been maneuvered into a bedroom at a party and raped by four members of the Oklahoma State football team. Criminal charges were never filed, she said, because in the hours following the incident, she had signed a waiver of prosecution after being told by the police that her story had not been corroborated and she did not have a case.


2000s

University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000:

Brittany Benefield, now 18, sued in 2001, saying she became a sexual “plaything” for more than two dozen UAB football and basketball players after enrolling.

Benefield initially sought $40 million in the suit. The complaint at first was filed anonymously, but a court ruled her name had to be made public in records for the case to proceed.

Benefield was 15 at the time of the numerous sexual assaults.


University of Washington in 2001:

The plaintiff, identified in court records by her initials, S.S., alleged that former Huskies defensive back Roc Alexander raped her in 2001, and that the university trivialized her complaint. Instead of directing her to police, university officials suggested mediation — a confidential process in which she and Alexander sat down together with the university’s ombudswoman and a senior associate athletic director to discuss what had happened.

No criminal charges were filed against Alexander in this case. Nor were charges filed in a second case, in which another student accused him of sexual assault. In both instances, Alexander settled lawsuits filed by the women for undisclosed sums.

Roc Alexander went on to an NFL career.


Navy in 2001 (I wrote this in an earlier post todaythis quote is from a 2001 news article):

The woman who told police she awoke from a drunken stupor to find naked men on top of her remains at the academy, clinging to the remnants of her privacy and wrestling with doubts about agreeing to the deal, according to her mother. She declined to be interviewed for this story but allowed her mother to speak for her.


Iowa State in 2002:

Two football players at Iowa State University were charged with assault and second-degree sexual abuse arising from a January incident in which they allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old woman. The players, Royce A. Hooks and Brent R. Nash, were suspended from the team.


Mississippi in 2002:

Mississippi defensive tackle Brandon Roddy is facing sexual battery charges and has been indefinitely suspended from the team.

Roddy, a junior from Peoria, Ill., was arrested Saturday by Oxford police and held over the holiday weekend at the Lafayette County Detention Center. He was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond.

“The officers were met by the victim who stated she had been sexually assaulted,” Assistant Police Chief Mike Martin said. “Based upon a sworn affidavit by the victim, the suspect was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery.”


Georgia in 2002

Brandon Williams, a 21-year-old football defensive back on trial on rape charges, looked on in Clarke County Superior Court as the woman described how he emerged half-naked from a closet and accosted her.

Jurors heard the first detailed account of the incident in basketball guard Tony Cole’s dorm room that led to felony charges against Cole, Williams and basketball forward Steve Thomas. Cole and Thomas have yet to be tried in the case.


Notre Dame in 2002:

The alleged victim told South Bend police she left a local bar with the four male students expecting to go to an off-campus party. However, she said she realized there was no party when she reached the house.

The woman told police she tried to resist, but she was unable to escape from the men, who each allegedly raped her. Afterward, one of the alleged attackers drove the woman back to campus.

According to Benedict and Keteyian: “One of them pleaded guilty to sexual battery; the other three were exonerated.”

The one who pled guilty? He transferred schools, played ball at Kent State, and went on to be signed by the Miami Dolphins (here’s a disgusting story about how his victim “waged a smear campaign” against him).


Indiana University at Bloomington in 2002:

Junior football player was charged with attempted rape and sexual battery. Clarence (C.J.) Young was accused of pulling an Indiana student into a bathroom at a party and attempting to rape her in December. He also was charged with sexual battery after an incident last July.


Arizona State (this article is from 2002):

Hakim Hill is a running back on the 16th-ranked Arizona State football team that will play at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday. He starred at Iowa City High and spent many pleasant afternoons at Kinnick Stadium watching his brother, Kahlil, play wide receiver for Iowa.

He also had some difficult times, including a sexual assault charge and an arrest for drunken driving. Even so, Hill said he still looks forward to the trip.

In 2000, Hill was charged with third-degree sexual assault after being accused of locking himself in a City High classroom with a 15-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex. He escaped jail time by entering an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him at trial.


Florida State in 2003:

[Nose guard Travis] Johnson’s accuser, a 23-year-old athlete, told the court that she had sex with Johnson on three previous occasions, but had ended that part of their relationship. She and Johnson were watching a movie on television late Feb. 6 or early Feb. 7, when the alleged assault happened. Soon after, she told one of her coaches, who informed the school’s administration of the allegation. Her first call to the police was on Feb. 18.

Johnson’s lawyers said the sexual encounter was consensual and that his accuser became angry when she learned Johnson had another girlfriend. A jury of six women took less than 30 minutes to find Johnson not guilty after a two-day trial.

Mary Coburn, the university’s student affairs vice president, drafted an agreement that proposed that neither the accuser nor the player pursue legal action. FSU President T.K. Wetherell spoke to both parties but did not personally extend that proposal.


Kansas State, 2004:

Kansas State star Ell Roberson was cleared to play Friday in the Fiesta Bowl the day after a woman accused the Wildcats’ quarterback of sexual assault.


Arizona State University in 2004:

According to documents filed in the civil lawsuit and an ASU police department investigation, Henderson was, as part of his football scholarship, assigned in 2003 to an ASU curriculum known as Summer Bridge, a four-week transition program designed to help incoming freshmen adjust to college life. Henderson, a defensive back, was in trouble within days, according to witnesses and documents discovered in the victim’s pretrial investigation. He was accused of grabbing and touching women in the dorm, exposing himself to female staff members and threatening freshman women.

When confronted over his misconduct, Henderson told an ASU official that he wanted women to fear him and that it was important for him to “show them their place.”

Steve Rippon, the ASU director of academic success, expelled Henderson from the transition program. But Koetter, the head football coach, persuaded school officials to allow Henderson to return to the campus under a zero tolerance policy.

Despite his previous difficulties, Henderson was permitted to live in a dorm when he came back. On March 11, 2004, according to police reports and lawsuit documents, he began openly stalking his victim, talking to her about the Kobe Bryant rape case and calling her repeatedly on her cell phone.

Early on the morning of March 12, Henderson entered the victim’s dorm room through an unlocked door. The victim had been drinking and was asleep. As Henderson attacked her, police say, she awakened and recognized Henderson. Emergency room records show injuries that could not have occurred in consensual sex.


BYU in 2004 (I wrote about this in an earlier blog postthis quote is from a 2004 news article):

Provo police launched an investigation after the girl reported that she went to the off-campus apartment of Bennett and Mathis on Aug. 8, watched pornography with a group of players, drank vodka with them and then, after passing out or falling asleep, woke up while being raped by three or four players.


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2005:

Six football players at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have been charged with taking turns raping a drunken student after a party.

Police said the woman told investigators she got drunk at a party and became separated from her friends. When the party began to break up about 2:30 a.m., she said, she was taken to the apartment, where seven to 10 men took turns having sex with her. She said she objected and hit them, but they forced themselves on her.


University of California at Berkeley in 2005 and 2007 (same player):

Alameda County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon sentenced Noah Smith, 23, Tuesday.

The newspaper said Smith was arrested in 2007 after a fellow UC-Berkeley student complained to police he had forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her in an apartment. Police said another woman accused Smith of trying to rape her [in 2005], but that she had escaped.

Smith, who was a wide receiver for the school’s football team, denied assaulting or raping either woman but was found guilty of the charges this year, the newspaper said.


State University of New York at Albany in 2006:

Three freshman UAlbany football players were arrested and charged with a first-degree rape that officials said took place early Sunday morning on Indian Quad.


Iowa in 2007:

A former University of Iowa athlete fought back tears Tuesday as she told jurors she was sexually assaulted by two football players during a 2007 attack that left her “devastated, violated.”

The woman was the first witness to testify at the second-degree sexual abuse trial of former Iowa football player Cedric Everson, who is fighting a charge that could send him to prison for up to 25 years. Prosecutors allege Everson assaulted the woman while she was passed out after another football player raped her, but Everson’s attorney argued the sex was consensual.


Minnesota in 2007:

Three University of Minnesota football players, including two from Ohio, were released from police custody on Monday, but investigators said they would continue probing the reported rape of an 18-year-old woman last week.

The University of Minnesota’s Police Department received a report on Friday that the woman was raped sometime between late Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The victim was examined at a local hospital.


University of Michigan, 2009:

In 2009, Brendan Gibbons was a red shirt freshman field goal kicker for the University of Michigan football team. However, before his first varsity kick, he was arrested shortly after the Michigan/Ohio State football game in 2009, for raping an 18 yr. old freshman at a party in the Chi Psi fraternity house. [...]

Shortly after the woman reported the rape, she began to receive threats from Gibbons roommate and fellow football player, Taylor Lewan (now an All-American), that he would rape her again if she pressed charges against Gibbons.


2010s

Missouri in 2010:

The University of Missouri did not investigate or tell law enforcement officials about an alleged rape, possibly by one or more members of its football team, despite administrators finding out about the alleged 2010 incident more than a year ago, an “Outside the Lines” investigation has found. The alleged victim, a member of the swim team, committed suicide in 2011.


Missouri in 2010:

Former University of Missouri football running back Derrick Washington was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for the off-campus sexual assault of a former tutor, but the one-time senior captain may spend significantly less time behind bars.


Notre Dame, 2010. After this case came to light, following the victim’s suicide, Dave Zirin called for the program to be shut down:

After the alleged attack on August 31, Seeberg wrote an account of what took place, was treated at a local hospital and gave DNA samples to the authorities. There is no evidence that the case was taken seriously, and the accused player, who has been neither charged nor cleared, remained on the team. In the days following her statement to police, Seeberg, according to reports, became fearful that she would be outed as someone hurting the team. She made a point of wearing her Fighting Irish gear around campus and getting fake ND tattoos on her face, all the better to blend in. It all proved to be too much for her, and the 19-year-old, who had dreams of becoming a nurse, took her own life. She was found in her dorm room by rape-crisis coordinators who were alarmed that she’d missed her latest session.


Montana in 2010 (I wrote about this in an earlier blog post):

In 2010, a woman was reportedly raped by four University of Montana football players. Police said there was not enough evidence to press charges. Early last year, Montana’s coach and athletic director were fired, possibly for helping to minimize and/or cover up this crime. Things are so bad at that particular institution, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education are each handling their own investigation into the alleged sexual assaults by football players.


University of Miami in 2011:

A University of Miami football player was released on bond Thursday after he was arrested for allegedly raping a woman on campus, police said.


McGill University (Canada) in 2011:

Three members of McGill University’s football team who were charged 15 months ago with the sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement of a former Concordia University student will be in Quebec Court next month for their preliminary hearing.

All three students are in their fourth year at McGill and continue to play for the McGill Redmen this season, according to the university’s website. The victim in the case was not able to return to school after the alleged attack and ultimately left Montreal. She is now living and studying in another province.

The university claims it only learned of the incident in May. The Gazette contacted McGill in the weeks following the alleged attack in September 2011.


Yale in 2011:

In September, according to people with knowledge of the situation, a female student went to Yale’s Sexual Assault Harassment and Response and Education Center, claiming [Yale's QB] Witt had assaulted her in her dormitory room. The woman later made a complaint to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, created last July as part of Yale’s new approach.


Baylor University in 2012:

A Waco jury found former Baylor football player, Tevin Elliott, guilty of sexually assaulting a Baylor student in 2012.

Elliott was suspended indefinitely from the team on August 27, 2012 for violation of team rules. The assault happened on April 15, 2012.

According to the Waco Tribune, “Three other women testified that Elliott also sexually assaulted them, and another told the jury that Elliott followed her into her bedroom, locked the door and would not let her leave.”


Appalachian State University in 2012:

Appalachian State University has found four students guilty of sexual misconduct that was perpetrated on another ASU student after an off-campus frat party that ended at 2am.

Three of the four men were ASU football players.

ASU found the four men guilty and suspended them from campus for eight semesters, the minimum sanction for sex offenses delineated in the Code of Student Conduct.


William & Mary in 2012:

A 19-year-old William and Mary student who reported she was raped at a party in 2012 by a former member of the college’s football team testified in Circuit Court Monday, offering an emotional account of her ordeal.

The victim testified that before the night of Nov. 10, 2012 she didn’t know Steve Benedict Casper, 23, and alleges that by the early hours of the next morning he assaulted and raped her. Casper was arrested in March, more than four months after the incident, and charged with abduction with intent to defile, rape, attempted forcible sodomy, forcible sodomy, strangulation, three counts of object sexual penetration and misdemeanor sexual battery.


Naval Academy in 2012 (I wrote about this in an earlier blog postthis quote is from a 2013 news article):

The three men are accused of sexually assaulting the midshipman at an April 2012 off-campus party.


University of Texas in 2012:

Two University of Texas players allegedly raped a woman in San Antonio while there for their bowl game. Neither was charged and are back on the field.


Morehouse in 2012:

A source tells the Daily World that the reported incident happened in December before students left campus for winter break at a Morehouse residential living facility for the school’s upperclassmen. [...]

The alleged victim is an 18-year-old female student at Spelman who says she was held against her will inside a room at the residential community on the night of the alleged incident. According to Morehouse College Police arrest warrants and incident reports, the three allegedly had non-consenting sex with the Spelman student who was under the influence of an unknown substance. [...]

The four suspects are three juniors and a senior who have played on the College’s football and basketball teams.


Temple in 2012:

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office confirms all charges have been dropped against a former Temple University football player who was accused of rape.

Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin Monday.

The woman told police Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room. Martin-Oguike said the encounter was consensual.


Ohio State, 2013:

Ohio State University police are investigating an allegation of rape involving multiple Buckeye football players.

10TV News obtained the warrant filed Tuesday that spells out the allegations against the multiple players, who 10TV News did not name because they have not been charged.

I can’t find anything beyond reports of the initial warrant.


Florida State in 2013:

Florida State Seminoles receiver Greg Dent was arraigned on second-degree sexual assault charges Monday, a felony count that likely means an indefinite suspension for the senior-to-be and a potential jail term of up to 15 years.

Dent was arrested Sunday night on a single count of sexual assault on a victim over the age of 12.


Arizona State University in 2013:

The victim was carried to her bedroom by Garcia and a friend. Garcia said that he wanted to talk to the victim, so Garcia was left alone with the victim, police said. The victim said she could see and hear but could not cry, yell or move her body when Garcia allegedly raped her, according to the police report.

Witnesses told police the bedroom door was locked and they could hear the victim choking or coughing, the police report said, and Garcia opened the door.


Vanderbilt in 2013 (I wrote about this in an earlier blog post):

Vanderbilt University has recently dismissed five football players. Four of them have been charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery for allegedly participating in a gang rape of an undergraduate in a dormitory on campus this past June.


Florida State in 2013:

The woman accusing quarterback Jameis Winston is an FSU student, like him. They had sex on Dec. 7, 2012—the police tested her underwear and found his DNA. Winston, through his lawyer, says she consented and he did nothing wrong. She continues to say the opposite. “To be clear, the victim did not consent,” her family said in a recent statement. “This was a rape.”


UCLA in 2013:

UCLA tackle Torian White was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony sexual assault.

UCLA police responded to a call from an apartment complex near the campus about 3 a.m., the school said in a news release. White, a redshirt sophomore from Inglewood, was arrested a short time later and booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department‘s Twin Towers correctional facility. As of late afternoon Tuesday, he was in custody without bail. No charges had been filed.

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