Court documents describe alleged sex assault by former Husker players
Details of an alleged sexual assault by two former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football players were made public in court documents released Wednesday.
According to Lancaster County Court records, Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone are scheduled to be in court Thursday morning on charges of first-degree sexual assault. Both men were arrested at their off-campus apartment on December 10.
Investigators said in an arrest affidavit that a 19-year-old woman reported being invited by Hunt to the men’s apartment where she was attacked.
Officers interviewed both Hunt and LeGrone the next day. During an interview, Hunt told authorities he had sex with the alleged victim but that it was consensual, and that LeGrone never engaged in the act, according to court documents.
LeGrone reported he did not have sex with the alleged victim, but contacted investigators later that day and provided a second statement, investigators said in the document. Both men then voluntarily went to the Lincoln Police Department and provided “similar statements that contradicted their first statements,” investigators said.
Both men reportedly consented to DNA collection, which was sent to two labs for testing. According to the affidavit, the results showed a mixture of DNA, and authorities determined Hunt and LeGrone “cannot be excluded as possible contributors.”
A search of LeGrone’s phone showed internet searches for ‘lying on statement of sexual assault,’ and ‘how is saliva detected during sexual assault,’ according to the arrest affidavit. Text messages between the two men’s phones included texts, one with Hunt texting ‘We gotta tell the truth bruh they gonna find out it you had sex wit her,’ and LeGrone responding, ‘No bruh,’ and also, ‘They not gone find out don’t panic bruh just chill,’ according to the document.
The document goes on to say the Lincoln Police Department has received additional reports from other alleged victims claiming they were sexually assaulted by Hunt and LeGrone and that those reports are being actively investigated.
An attorney for LeGrone told Channel 8 Eyewitness News LeGrone will appear Thursday and enter a not guilty plea. A request for comment to Hunt’s attorney was not immediately returned.
If convicted on the charges, both men face up to 50 years in prison.
Wednesday evening, the attorneys for LeGrone released the following statement to Channel 8:
“Although we cannot comment on the evidence in this case, we can offer our comments on the Probable Cause Affidavit that the media has received. At the outset, we would like to note that as defense counsel for Mr. LeGrone we were not provided a copy of this affidavit, and we learned about its contents once the media reached out to us for comment and informed us of its existence. Although we cannot comment on the evidence in this case, we can offer our comments on the Probable Cause Affidavit that the media has received. At the outset, we would like to note that as defense counsel for Mr. LeGrone we were not provided a copy of this affidavit, and we learned about its contents once the media reached out to us for comment and informed us of its existence.
This is not the first time we have seen what appears on its face to be a grim, incriminating probable cause affidavit. We have seen probable cause affidavits in these types of cases with more incriminating facts than these where our clients have either had their cases dismissed, or a jury has acquitted them. So this affidavit is not surprising or alarming.
What is interesting is that Affidavit makes reference to the chat conversation between Mr. Hunt and the Accuser, which led her to make a decision to go to the apartment of a man she had never met. But, it fails to include the details of those chats, which could shed light on her intentions.
Finally, we would ask people to keep an open mind and remember that the United States Constitution—which protects Mr. LeGrone and protects the rest of us—says Mr. LeGrone is innocent. He is innocent despite the allegations in the affidavit. Today. Tomorrow. He is innocent unless and until a jury of 12 of his peers finds him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
-Mallory Hughes, Dornan Law Team, & John Berry, Berry Law Firm Attorneys for Mr. LeGrone