Univ. of Miami Football Players Arrested, Suspended for Sexual Assualt

Source:  Andrea Adelson and The Associated Press/ESPN.Com

Two University of Miami football players arrested on sexual battery charges against a “physically helpless” 17-year-old girl were dismissed from the team and suspended Tuesday.

Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were booked on the charges Tuesday. Both are 20-year-old linebackers.

According to the police report, both players admitted to buying drinks for the accuser, bringing her back to Figueroa’s dorm room in the early-morning hours of Saturday and repeatedly performing sexual acts, including intercourse, without her consent while she was intoxicated and “physically helpless to resist.”

Both players face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim and are being held on $10,000 bond, according to the Miami-Dade County records obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver’s license.

No attorney was listed for either man. The Coral Gables police report said the accuser, a UM student, first reported the assault to university police, which turned to the Coral Gables department to investigate.

Obviously and rightfully so each of the 20 year suspects are innocent until proven guilty, and will get an opportunity to tell their side of the story.  Yet it appears that regardless of the legal outcome, the lives of three promising young people’s lives will forever be altered, and should hopeful is a story that both young men and women can learn from and avoid in their lives.

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