2 OSU football players dismissed following arrest on rape, kidnapping charges

Two OSU football players facing rape and kidnapping charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Two Ohio State University football players have been dismissed from the team after they were arrested on charges of rape and kidnapping.

Amir Riep, 21, a former Colerain High School football player, and his teammate, Jahsen Wint 21, were booked into the jail overnight, officials there confirmed early Wednesday.

During a hearing Thursday, the players pleaded not guilty and a Franklin County judge set bond at $100,000 for Riep and $75,000 for Wint, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Both have been ordered not to have contact with the victim or each other. They were also told they should not make comments about the victim on social media, the Dispatch reported.

Ohio State Football Coach Ryan Day released this statement about the players Wednesday afternoon:

“I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football team. I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting any further.”

The alleged incident happened on Feb. 4 about 9:45 p.m., according to court records obtained by FOX19 NOW.

Ripe and the alleged victim were having consensual sex when she asked to stop, an affidavit shows.

Wint came in and Riep asked if Wint could join, the document states. Riep allegedly forced himself on the woman, pinning her down while Wint joined.

Riep then allegedly made the victim record a video saying it was consensual, according to the report.

The victim was told to shower and then Riep drove her home.

Wint has been a member of the Ohio State football team since 2016, while Riep has been on the team since 2017. Both players have one remaining season of collegiate eligibility.

In a statement to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State University officials said: “We are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged. They have been suspended from all activities involving the program. We will share more information when it becomes available.”

According to OSU’s website, Riep was a unanimous 4-star prospect and one of the most coveted prospects from Ohio in his recruiting cycle with more than 40 scholarship offers.

He was a four-year starter at Colerain High School.

Riep was rated as high as the 99th overall player by scout with Top 25 cornerback rankings by all the ratings services and a high of No. 12 by ESPN.

He earned Cincinnati Enquirer all-city, first-team all-Southwest District and second-team Associated Press all-state honors in 2015.

For OSU, Riep appeared in 12 games last year during his sophomore season, recording tackles against Minnesota, Rutgers and Nebraska, the website states.

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