West Virginia LB d'Vante Henry Arrested, Dismissed from Team
West Virginia linebacker d'Vante Henry, a promising junior college transfer, is no longer a Mountaineer.
The Moore, Okla. native was arrested by Monongalia County sheriff's detectives Wednesday night, as reported by Mike Casazza and Ashley Craig of the Charleston Daily Mail. A booking officer at North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County confirmed to the Daily Mail that Henry is facing a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault.
The 6'6", 210-pound defender has since been removed from the WVU football roster, which head coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed in a statement to the Daily Mail: "There was strict parameters put in place that he had to abide by in order to play next season. The allegations made against him are troubling and very serious. He is no longer a Mountaineer."
West Virginia Code mandates a minimum 10-year sentence for a second-degree sexual assault conviction, as tweeted by former BlueGoldNews writer Patrick Southern:
Henry is being held at North Central Regional Jail on $100,000 bond, per the report.
According to the Daily Mail, Detective Nick DeMedici filed a criminal complaint in the Monongalia Magistrate Court, which explained the details of the incident:
The woman told detectives Henry entered her room in the early morning hours and physically forced her to have sex with him, the complaint said. She said she told him to stop but he told her to "shut up" and continued.
Henry told detectives he had sex with the woman but that it had been consensual, the complaint said.
Henry joined the Mountaineers as a member of the class of 2013 as a transfer from Arizona Western College. A 247Sports composite 3-star recruit, Henry chose WVU over offers from Oregon State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
NEW DETAILS: Woman told police #WVU linebacker d'Vante Henry forced himself on her, said "shut up" when she told him no.— Stacy Moniot (@StacyMoniotWBOY) September 12, 2013
He originally signed with the Beavers out of high school before choosing the junior college route.
After enrolling at West Virginia in late July, Henry sat out fall camp while dealing with "personal issues," which Holgorsen mentioned during his periodic fall practice press conferences.
Henry was expected to compete for time at outside linebacker, where playing time was likely. The need for outside linebacker depth increased for the Mountaineers after the Week 1 injury to Dozie Ezemma.
To fill in for the loss of Ezemma, WVU was forced to move starting defensive end Eric Kinsey into a backup outside linebacker role.
Currently, Kinsey is behind another junior college transfer, Brandon Golson, at the "Buck" outside linebacker position, with redshirt sophomore Isaiah Bruce starting at the opposite "Spur" outside linebacker slot.
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