Chris Jones Charged With Rape and Sodomy

Chris Jones Charged With Rape and Sodomy

Former Louisville guard faces sexual assault allegation after being kicked off the team.

Published February 26, 2015

Days after being dismissed from the basketball team former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges on Thursday (Feb. 26). Jones is accused of raping one woman and sodomizing another.

According to ESPN, Jones, 23, entered his plea while appearing before Judge Sheila Collins in Jefferson District Court in Louisville, and turned himself in earlier that day. He was released soon after to home incarceration. Jones's attorney, Scott Cox, said that, despite his client's submission to the police, he has been falsely accused and is working with the authorities in the investigation.

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Jones was dismissed from Louisville's basketball team on Sunday, soon after the allegations became public. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the arrest warrant for Jones indicates that the incident occurred on Saturday, the day before his dismissal. Two victims, ages 19 and 20, were listed in connection with the incident, with one identifying Jones as the culprit after she was hospitalized.

Following Jones's dismissal, the Louisville Coach Rick Pitino gave no explanation of the decision, briefly telling reporters on Sunday that "he's finished."

This is not Jones's first offence. A campus police report filed on Feb. 17 states that the athlete told a Louisville student that he would smack her after she "messed up" his room in a text message.

According to Jones's attorney, he has stopped taking classes at Louisville and is currently living off campus.

 

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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