Rape case against former basketball star heads to grand jury

Rape case against former basketball star heads to grand jury

COVINGTON, KY. (FOX19) - The rape and sodomy case against a former Covington Catholic High School basketball star is headed to a grand jury.

There is enough probable cause for charges to proceed against Jacob Walter, a Boone County judge determined after a brief hearing Monday morning.

Walter, 18, of Burlington was arrested last week and is accused of raping and sodomizing an 18-year-old female throughout the day on Dec. 9.

The teens had been dating five days and had consensual sex prior to the alleged attack, a detective with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office testified.

Their cell phones have been confiscated and are being searched.

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Walter’s attorney asked the detective if she knew the victim’s grandmother came downstairs to do laundry while the alleged assault occurred. The victim’s parents also were home.

The detective testified that Walter texted the victim afterward, saying he was a bad boyfriend.

Walter was a standout basketball player at Covington Catholic High School, where he graduated in the spring.

He was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Xavier, but he did not make the fall roster.

Walter is the son of former Cincinnati Bengals player Joe Walter.

He is held in lieu of $250,000 bond at the Boone County jail.

The judge denied a request from Walter’s lawyer to lower the bond.

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