UPDATE: 4 Morehouse Student Athletes Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges
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- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:40
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Four Morehouse College athletes have been accused of sexual assault, according to arrest warrants obtained by WSB and information discovered by the Atlanta Daily World.
A source tells the Daily World that the reported incident happened in December before students left campus for winter break at a Morehouse residential living facility for the school's upperclassmen. The building has a total capacity of 372 students and a number of the accused athletes lived there.
The alleged victim is an 18-year-old female student at Spelman who says she was held against her will inside a room at the residential community on the night of the alleged incident. According to Morehouse College Police arrest warrants and incident reports, the three allegedly had non-consenting sex with the Spelman student who was under the influence of an unknown substance.
“She wasn’t able to communicate or answer questions,” said the source who told the Daily World that he spoke with her following the incident.
The four suspects are three juniors and a senior who have played on the College’s football and basketball teams. The basketball players named were Malcom Jamal Frank, a junior; Tevin Mgbo, also a junior; and senior Chukwudi Ndudikwa. The named football player was Lucien Kidd, who was previously identified as a freshman, but played for Morehouse his freshman year in 2010. All of them face rape charges, except for Mgbo.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, school officials acknowledged that there were “two alleged assault incidents involving Morehouse students,” in March and that the school is working with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
“After the information was brought to the attention of campus police, the suspects were identified and arrested,” according to the statement.
“While we cannot speak to specifics of these cases, our policies and procedures call for disciplinary actions against students who violate our code of conduct and the law, up to and including dismissal from the college,” read the statement from the Morehouse College Office of Communications.
None of the three basketball players logged significant minutes for the Maroon Tigers during the 2012-13 season, but all three saw playing time in the school's SIAC Championship game loss to Benedict College in March.
Kidd is listed on the football team's website only for his freshman year. He did not participate in any of the team’s games that season.
Website Jailbase.com reports that Mgbo was arrested on April 11, 2013 for aggravated sodomy, disorderly conduct and kidnapping. No report of the arrest was issued from the college in regard to his arrest or the arrest of any other Morehouse student athletes. The website reports that Mgbo is still in custody but lists his bond at $0.
Frank and Ndudikwa were each charged with sodomy and multiple counts of rape, according to police records.
At least two of the four accused are from Georgia. Mgbo graduated from Clarke Central High School in Athens, Frank graduated from Miller Grove High School in Decatur and Ndudikwa is a transfer from Georgia State University, according to the Maroon Tigers official website. Kidd's hometown is listed as Cincinnati, Ohio, on the website.
Calls to Morehouse's athletic director were not immediately returned.