Same story, different college.
Four athletes at Morehouse College have been arrested in connection with two separate sexual assaults on campus. The first incident occurred earlier this spring and football player Lucien Kidd has been charged with one count of rape. The three other men involved in the second alleged sexual assault are Chukudwi Ndudikwa, Malcolm Jamal Frank, and Tevin Mgbo. They are all part of the basketball team and were arrested for allegedly raping an 18-year-old "under the influence of an unknown substance" on April 8, 2013.
According to the police, "Mgbo, was charged with sodomy, kidnapping and reckless conduct," and "Frank and Ndudikwa were each charged with sodomy and multiple counts of rape."
All three were found guilty by a "student conduct hearing on campus," and the four men were let go from jail on a $10,000 bond.
When the Atlanta Journal-Constitution questioned them about the arrests on Tuesday, they explained that "there had been no such charges in the month of April," when clearly, according to police records, that was completely untrue. Morehouse authorities also "did not return phone calls about the incidents and would not speak on specifics."
When the school realized the media wasn't going to let this go, they (finally) issued a statement saying that "two alleged assault incidents involving Morehouse students," has taken place and that "after the information was brought to the attention of campus police, the suspects were identified and arrested."
"Morehouse has a zero tolerance policy related to violence of any kind" the statement said.
As someone who has a zero tolerance policy for sexual assaults cover-ups, I find it odd that the school didn't issue this statement earlier. You know, when they were directly asked about it. Why was their initial reaction to lie about the assaults? Did they hope it would get swept under the rug?
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