Three Iowa football players have been questioned in a University of Iowa Police investigation of an alleged sexual assault that took place on campus in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, University Police confirmed Wednesday.
No arrests have been made and the players' names have not been released.
“I have talked with (UI director of athletics) Gary Barta on this matter. I share his concern for the young woman and her wellbeing,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “Likewise, I am concerned that football players are the subject of the investigation. Because it is an open investigation, I cannot comment more.”
According to a criminal complaint filed with UI Police on Nov. 7, the alleged victim was assaulted in a room in the Hillcrest Residence Hall.
University Police are being assisted in their investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa City Police Department. Jim Saunders, a spokesperson for the DCI confirmed UI Police have requested assistance.
Barta and University of Iowa president Sally Mason expressed their concern in a statement.
“Sexual assault is a very serious issue and we’re treating it as such,” Barta said. “I’m obviously concerned for the wellbeing and safety of the young woman. I’m concerned there are football players included in the investigation. And I’m concerned that we allow the legal process to take its course.”
Said Mason: “The university will do all that it can to ensure that the investigation is thorough and that due process is followed so that a just resolution can be achieved.”
This is the latest in a string of legal troubles involving Iowa football players. Eleven players have accounted for 15 arrests since April 14.
Sophomore receivers Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman are awaiting trial on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card, stemming from a May 8 incident on campus in which they allegedly used two stolen credit cards to charge more than $1,500 in merchandise. They are serving indefinite suspensions from the football team.
Douglas also was arrested Oct. 29 for stealing three DVDs from an Iowa City Wal-Mart. He pleaded guilty to that charge, fifth-degree theft, and was fined $100.
Two players, Dana Brown and Clint Huntrods, have been kicked off the team this fall. Huntrods for a public intoxication arrest and Brown for a pair of shoplifting offenses and a domestic assault charge, which is still pending trial.
Three other players have served suspensions after being arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The Hawkeyes (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) can clinch a seventh straight bowl berth with a win Saturday against Western Michigan at Kinnick Stadium. They have won four of five games since starting the season 2-4.
|Eleven Iowa football players have accounted for 15 arrests in Johnson County since April 14. Here is a list of the players with the charges and date of arrest:|
|Player||Charge||Date of arrest|
|Ryan Bain||Disorderly conduct||April 14|
|Ricky Stanzi||Possession of alcohol||May 5|
|Dana Brown||Fifth-degree theft||May 15|
|Tyler Gerstandt||Possession of alcohol||May 18|
|Arvell Nelson||Driving with a suspended license||July 2|
|Bradley Fletcher||OWI||July 15|
|Dana Brown||Fifth-degree theft||July 24|
|Ben Evans||OWI||July 29|
|Arvell Nelson||Failure to appear in court||Aug. 16|
|Anthony Bowman||Unauthorized use of a credit card||Aug. 18|
|Dominique Douglas||Unauthorized use of a credit card||Aug. 18|
|Clint Huntrods||Public intoxication / urination||Sept. 6|
|Lance Tillison||OWI||Sept. 16|
|Dana Brown||Domestic assault||Oct. 16|
|Dominique Douglas||Fifth-degree theft||Oct. 29|
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