The Latest: Cephus attorneys move to dismiss assault charge
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on sexual assault charges against Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus (all times local):
Embattled Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus’ attorneys have filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss one of two sexual assault charges against him.
Prosecutors charged Cephus with second- and third-degree sexual assault Monday. Investigators say he raped two drunken women in his apartment in April. A court commissioner set a $5,000 signature bond for him on Thursday.
Cephus’ attorneys filed a motion on Wednesday demanding a judge throw out the second-degree sexual assault count. They argue in the motion that the first victim told investigators the second victim was so drunk she was nearly comatose but surveillance camera footage shows both victims leaving the apartment building with no signs of impairment.
They also claim that the second victim sent Cephus a text about 45 minutes after she left the apartment asking her to find her vaping device and closed the message with a heart and a kiss emoji.
A court commissioner has set a $5,000 signature bond for Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus, who faces sexual assault charges.
Prosecutors charged Cephus with second- and third-degree sexual assault on Monday. Investigators say he raped two drunken women in his apartment in April.
Cephus made his initial court appearance Thursday. The proceeding lasted less than five minutes, with Court Commissioner Brian Asmus granting prosecutors’ request for a $5,000 signature bond and setting a preliminary hearing for Sept. 6. Cephus, who wore a blue suit, said nothing.
Cephus’ attorneys told reporters after the proceeding that he is innocent.
Jamie Dickey, one of Cephus’ coaches at Stratford Academy in Georgia, attended the hearing in a show of support for Cephus. He told reporters that a lot of people will owe Cephus an apology when the case is over.
Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus is making his initial court appearance on charges he sexually assaulted two women this spring.
Cephus was to appear in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday. He was expected to enter a plea and have bail set.
Prosecutors charged Cephus on Monday with second- and third-degree sexual assault, both felonies. According to a criminal complaint, two women told investigators that Cephus sexually assaulted them in his apartment April 22.
The 20-year-old Cephus has denied any wrongdoing. He was suspended by the fourth-ranked team indefinitely Monday.
Police say Cephus’ roommate, receiver Danny Davis, was present when the sexual assaults are alleged to have happened. He has not been charged but was suspended Wednesday for the Badgers’ first two games.