Former CovCath basketball star charged with rape, sodomy

Former CovCath basketball star charged

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former Covington Catholic High School basketball star has been arrested and charged with rape and sodomy.

Jacob Walter, 18, of Burlington, Ky., was arrested by Boone County detectives Tuesday evening.

Walter is held in lieu of $250,000 bond. A Boone County District Court judge upheld that bond when the teen made his initial court appearance Wednesday morning.

Walter’s attorney argued for a low bond saying his client chose to turn himself in and did not pose a risk of fleeing the area. Assistant Boone County Prosecutor Michael Mason disagreed.

“I think given the nature of the allegations... I think he’s clearly a flight risk and a danger to the public given what we just heard here on the record.” he said.

The judge ordered Walter to stay way from the alleged victim and her family.

The case returns to court Monday,

Detectives were notified Sunday of a sexual assault allegation involving Walter and an 18-year-old female.

She reported that throughout the day Sunday, he forcefully raped and sodomized her, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim stated she was fearful of Walter due to his size, strength and aggressiveness and told Walter that she did not want to have sex with him due to her not feeling well that day, authorities said.

Authorities say on two occasions, Walter sodomized the victim while holding her down and pulling her hair, which resulted in physical injury. They say he dismissed the victim by laughing at her and telling her she would be fine.

The victim sustained contusions to her right arm, contusions to her right breast, and a laceration on her chest after the incident, according to authorities. They said after leaving the residence, Walter began texting and calling the victim multiple times saying he was sorry. A family member of the victim contacted the sheriff’s office to report a sexual assault.

The victim went into more detail in a request for a protection order obtained by FOX19. She writes: “We weren’t even in the house five minutes and he tried to have sex with me again. He said ‘it would be fine' ... it hurt so bad ... I was bleeding ... When I get upset, he grabbed me by the hair and yanked my neck back and said, ‘stop being (an expletive)’ in an angry voice.”

Former CovCath basketball player gets $250K bond

The order was described by FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen as “a stay away order.”

“You have to stay within a certain distance away,” he said. “No contact, phone, email, any electronic devices or anything.”

Walter has been lodged at the Boone County Detention Center and held on a $250,000 cash bond.

Walter graduated from CovCath in the spring of 2018. He was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Xavier, but is not on the fall roster.

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