JaWand Blue, Alexander Figueroa: University of Miami players arrested on sex charges

MIAMI (AP) -- Two University of Miami football players have been arrested on sexual battery charges.

Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were booked on the charges Tuesday. Both are 20-year-old linebackers for the Hurricanes.

They each face charges of sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. Figueroa is additionally charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver's license. 

According to NBCmiami.com , Blue is from Boca Raton and Figueroa is from Virginia.

According to NBCmiami.com, police said the incident leading to their arrest happened in the early morning hours of July 5, when Blue and Figueroa brought a 17-year-old girl to a dorm room at Pearson Hall at 5185 Ponce De Leon Boulevard.

According to an arrest affidavit, Figueroa and Blue, without the teen's knowledge, gave her “a narcotic, anesthetic, or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated," cbslocal.com reported. Figueroa and Blue, police say, then sexually battered the victim who was physically helpless to resist, the website reported.

The university dismissed the students.

Blake James, the University of Miami Director of Athletics, issued the following statement:

“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. 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.” 
 

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