This morning, former Ohio State defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint appeared in court. The two have been charged with rape and kidnapping of a woman.
On Tuesday night, according to the allegations against the two men, Riep began to have a “consensual sexual encounter” with the accuser, who then decided that she did not want to go any further. Wint allegedly entered the room and asked to join. The two former Buckeye players proceeded to forcibly have sex with the woman, holding her in place. They later forced her to say that the encounter was consensual while recording a video of her.
Ohio State quickly suspended the two players. On Wednesday, head coach Ryan Day announced that they had been removed from the program. While he did not weigh in on the charges he said that it was “clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations.”
According to Columbus Dispatch, the woman reported the assault to local authorities just three hours after it allegedly occurred. Both men maintain their innocence. Samuel Shamansky, the attorney for Jahsen Wint, said that there was “absolutely no crime committed.” Wint has agreed to a DNA test.
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— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) February 13, 2020
Both men have plead not guilty on all charges. From the report:
Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, appeared before Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner Thursday morning and entered not guilty pleas to one count each of rape and kidnapping.
Ebner set bond at $100,000 for Riep and at $75,000 for Wint and ordered both have no contact with the victim or each other. Ebner also told both men they were to make no comments on social media regarding the victim.
The two now await a grand jury hearing for potential indictment. It has not yet been reported when that will take place.
Riep and Wint were both juniors this past season.