Four Morehouse College students have been charged in connection with two separate incidents of sexual assault on or near the Atlanta campus.
Three students, Tevin Mgbo, Malcolm Jamal Frank, and Chukwudi Ndudikwa, were arrested on April 11th for their involvement in an alleged sexual assault involving a freshman at Spelman College.
Frank allegedly met the 18 year-old at a nightclub. The two then joined a party at a Morehouse dorm room. According to police reports, several witnesses at the party commented that the freshman seemed disoriented. One witness told police that the woman had been drinking and ingested a white powdery substance believed to be “Molly,” a concentrated form of Ecstasy. Witnesses also told police that the woman went into locked rooms with the three students who have been charged.
Mgbo was charged with sodomy, kidnapping, and reckless conduct. Frank and Ndudikwa were each charged with sodomy and multiple counts of rape. All three students are on the Morehouse basketball team.
Through their defense attorneys, the students have issued statements denying the allegations. Frank claims the sexual encounters were consensual. Ndudikwa asserts that he did not touch the student at all.
A fourth student, Lucien Kidd, was charged in a separate assault case that allegedly occurred off-campus in March. Kidd was also a Morehouse athlete, playing football for the school as a freshman. He is also being charged with raping a Spelman College freshman. The woman accused him of having forcible sex with her despite her attempts to stop it. Kidd has been charged with one count of rape.
Morehouse officials released a statement acknowledging the charges and announcing that the university will assist the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as it investigates these charges. Officials also said the four students involved would be subject to disciplinary actions, including possible dismissal from the school. Spelman officials declined to comment on the incidents.
These incidents have been particularly upsetting for Morehouse students and administrators as the school is preparing to host President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker for the May 19th graduation ceremonies. Morehouse is just the latest in a string of colleges across the country dealing with sexual assault accusations against student athletes.
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