CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – A University of Miami football player turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon to face rape charges.
Coral Gables Police say Jeffrey Brown, 19, sexually assaulted a student who was severely intoxicated.
Police say Brown helped the victim into her dorm room and placed a trash can beside her bed before exiting the room. Brown then reportedly returned to the victim’s room and sexually assaulted her, despite the victim repeatedly asking him to stop. The victim reportedly told police that she was powerless against Brown, due to his stature and her level of intoxication.
After being read his Miranda rights, police say Brown confessed to the attack.
He was booked and transferred to Miami-Dade County Jail.
“If it has happened, it’s horrible,” said UM student Josh Livesley.
“He’s been accused but no one proved anything, so we don’t know anything yet,” said UM student Philip Kaleda.
According to his biography on the UM athletic site, Brown is a 6’3” redshirt freshman defensive end originally from Evanston, IL. He was considered a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and named a number 75 overall defensive tackle in the country by scout.com.
Late Wednesday, the University of Miami released this statement: “The University of Miami released a statement saying it has become aware of the serious charges made against a student athlete, and he has been suspended indefinitely from the football program. In accordance with its procedures, the University cannot comment further at this time.”
Brown’s attorney in Chicago says the allegations in the police report are incorrect.
“He did not commit a criminal act. We intend to clear his name, it’s an unfortunate incident. We expect to bring these charges to a quick resolution. He did not commit a crime. End of story,” said Tom Durkin, Brown’s attorney.