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USD football players face rape charges

Both have been suspended from team, but are still in class

VERMILLION, S.D. (KELO) -

UPDATE: There is new information when it comes to how University of South Dakota is handling the rape charges against the two football players the incident allegedly happened at their apartment on Oct. 22. 

Campus police turned the case over to Vermillion police two days later. 

The University sent out a news release about an alleged sexual assault incident off-campus on the 26th. 

But USD never did notify students about the incident until Tuesday after the students were in court. They say the public was not in danger at any time. 

USD says that's a judgment call made by law enforcement. 

Rambo Jr. and Williamson Jr. are facing felony charges for the alleged sexual assault that took place here at their off-campus apartment.  

Since the assault was reported, both have been suspended from the football team for breaking team rules. However, they're not suspended from school. 

"Students are still here on campus and allowed to go to class," USD Dean of Students Kim Grieve said. 

When asked if there's a chance Rambo Jr. and Williamson Jr. could run into their accuser or their accuser could run into them, Grieve answered, "There is a chance that could happen, absolutely."

While two of the men involved admitted to police the victim's story was true, USD is only beginning its own investigation into the incident and has just notified all parties involved about an upcoming hearing. 

"So the Title IX officer will spend a lot of time interviewing different people as well as going over all the documents and then make a decision whether there is a reasonable basis to move the investigation forward," Grieve said. 
 
Grieve says the victim in this case does have the option to ask for interim measures to be taken in the meantime, if she has any concerns about running into the football players on campus. So far, that hasn't happened. 
  
USD will not have to include this incident in its crime statistics reporting to the federal government, because the alleged sexual assault took place off-campus.

USD requires online sexual assault prevention training for students. However, several say they didn't complete the training and haven't faced any repercussions.  The University says it doesn't freeze students' accounts for not completing the requirement, but does continue to remind them.

USD football players are required to take part in face-to-face training, but USD says it cannot tell us if the players involved in this incident had completed online sexual assault training. 

 

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PREVIOUS: Court papers filed in Clay County outline what a victim told investigators happened inside a Vermillion home and led to charges being filed against two University of South Dakota football players.

A woman and two friends were invited to a home in the 1100 block of Madison Street to watch a movie inside a bedroom on Sunday, Oct. 22. At around 10:30 p.m., two of the women left while the third continued to communicate with them via text messages until shortly after 11 p.m. from the home.

According to an affidavit, the woman said she and a man living at the home had consensual sex. She told investigators during that time, Danny Rambo, Jr. and Dale Williamson, Jr., entered the room without her knowledge while she was undressed.

The court papers say Rambo approached the victim from behind and inserted his fingers inside of her, while Williamson tried twice to force the victim to give him oral sex. He allegedly grabbed her by the hair and forced her head towards him.

The victim told an investigator that she asked Rambo and Williamson to get out of the room, as well as telling the other man to ask the two to leave.

The written report from the sheriff's office detailed how the victim described how the man she had had consensual sex with wasn't surprised that Rambo and Williamson had walked into his room. He also allegedly did not ask the two to leave after being asked to do so by the victim.

According to the affidavit, no one had been drinking alcohol at the time.

Rambo and Williamson were later suspended from a Saturday, Oct. 28 football game, along with Adam Harris. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that no other warrants have been filed in this case.  

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning via video conferencing. Rambo is charged with second-degree rape and Williamson is charged with second-degree attempted rape.

University of South Dakota Athletics Director David Herbster has issued the following statement:

South Dakota athletics is taking this accusation very seriously. The athletic department became aware on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and immediately notified the appropriate university officials, who in turn notified the Vermillion Police Department. We have been cooperating fully with VPD's investigation and will continue to do so.

We are steadfast in our support of the university's commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students.
 


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