Just three weeks before President Obama’s scheduled commencement speech, four students from Morehouse College have been arrested and charged in connection with two separate sexual assaults.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, three student athletes have been charged for the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Spelman College student. Basketball players Chukwudi Ndudikwa and Malcolm Frank currently face rape and aggravated sodomy charges, and Tevin Mgbo is looking at aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and reckless conduct charges.
Recent updates in the case reveal that the alleged assault happened at on-campus party at the Otis Moss Suites residence hall on March 8. According to court documents, the victim claimed she was celebrating spring break at a club , then campus party. She admitted to underage drinking but said she did not willingly use drugs of any kind that night.
However, the lawyers of the accused men “tell a story of a drug- and alcohol-fueled evening in which a young woman had consenting sex.”
A witness told police that she saw the young woman consuming a white powdery drug, possibly the illicit party drug “Molly.”
Here’s how a few witnesses described the incident:
Several witnesses say the victim did have sex with several men in several rooms, and one witness says the victim used a drug.
One witness also said the victim was drunk, dancing, fell and hit her head.
One of the victim’s friends says he tried to help her but she would not allow it. He told police she kept hitting him and even picked up a knife and tried to stab him saying she knew what she was doing. He says the next morning the victim was unaware of what happened and he took her to the hospital.
Another witness says some of the suspects came and confronted the victim about the rape accusations. That witness said he told them “no one forced her to do it but she was not fully aware of where she was or what she was doing”.
In a completely unrelated case, fellow Morehouse student Lucien Kidd was also arrested for an off-campus rape charge that was reported in March.
According to jail records, the four men have been released from jail on $10,000 bond.