UM football players JaWand Blue, Alexander Figueroa charged with sexual battery

July 8, 2014 

JaWand Blue (left) and Alexander Figueroa

MIAMI -- Two University of Miami football players were arrested and charged with sexual battery Tuesday morning after admitting to Coral Gables police they got a 17-year old girl intoxicated and then raped her on campus over the holiday weekend.

JaWand Blue, 20, and Alexander Figueroa, who turned 20 on Tuesday, have since been dismissed by the school, according to a statement made by athletic director Blake James.

"Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team," James said in a statement. "The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.

"Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students — especially student athletes — to the highest standards of moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all."

The victim reported the crime to UM police. Coral Gables police investigated and made the arrests.

According to police reports, the incident occurred in the early morning hours last Saturday at Pearson Hall on the University of Miami campus.

According to the report, Blue and Figueroa administered or had knowledge of someone else administering to the victim a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated the victim without her prior knowledge or consent. Police said the victim was physically helpless to resist.

On Tuesday, Blue and Figueroa came into Coral Gables police station and admitted to buying and providing several alcoholic beverages for the victim and bringing her back to Figueroa's dorm room. They admitted to performing sexual acts on her without her consent, the report said. Both were immediately arrested as transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Figueroa was also charged with having a fake drivers’ license.

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