Sex-crime probe involves Boise St. WR
Three college football players, including Boise State freshman wide receiver Anthony Clarke, and two others are facing sexual-crime, battery and false-imprisonment charges stemming from incidents which occurred at a high school in Blackfoot, Idaho, last year, according to news agency Reuters.
Police say the five athletes forcibly penetrated fellow members of the high school basketball team in addition to battering and restraining the victims in a locker room and on a school bus during a three-month period that began last December.
In Idaho, a conviction on forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object can bring a life sentence.
Also charged were Nathan Walker of Idaho State, Logan Chidester of Carroll College in Montana and Tyson Katseanes of Blackfoot, all 19.
A fifth, unnamed defendant has been charged as a juvenile.
"Now that everything is out, more victims are coming forward because they realize they are not alone and they don't need to be afraid or embarrassed," Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus said.
Each player has been suspended from his team. Clarke had not yet played for Boise State this season.