Two Ohio State University football players have been officially dismissed from the program.
Amir Riep and Jahsen L. Wint turned themselves in to Columbus Police Tuesday night and were arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape.
Coach Ryan Day issued the following statement:
“I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program. I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further.”
According to a criminal complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court, Riep and Wint have been charged with rape with threat of force and kidnapping to engage in sexual activity for an alleged incident that occurred on Feb. 4.
A police affidavit filed as part of the complaint alleges that Riep and a woman started having consensual sex, but the woman then said she wanted to stop.
Riep then forced her to continue, with Wint also taking part. Riep allegedly told the victim to say on video that everything was consensual, according to court documents.
Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said detectives are seeing a growing number of sexual assault cases where victims are forced to record statements saying the encounter was consensual “That video, while it’s part of the investigation, doesn’t mean that it was consensual and that’s why we’re looking into it.
Riep, 21, just finished his junior year as a cornerback for the Buckeyes, while Wint, 21, was a junior safety.
Riep just finished his junior year as a cornerback for the Buckeyes, while Wint was a junior safety.
Ohio State University issued the following statement Tuesday:
“We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged. They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. We will share more information when available.”