Texas wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander are facing second-degree felony charges for sexual assault after an incident reported to police the morning of June 21.
Ryan Autullo, Brian Davis and Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman report bail has been set at $75,000 for both players, with Sanders also facing a charge of improper photography for allegedly attempting to record the encounter, which carries an additional bail amount of $20,000.
The report included further details from sources close to the situation:
Two sources have told the American-Statesman that the players met the alleged victim, a woman, on Sixth Street the night of June 20 and that the incident occurred in Meander’s room inside the San Jacinto dorm on the UT campus.
KVUE News confirmed the charges:
BREAKING: Two UT football players, Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, have been charged with sexual assault. More to come— KVUE News (@KVUE) July 24, 2014
Davis later reported that the two players were in police custody:
UTPD police chief David Carter confirms to @statesman that both Sanders, Meander are currently in custody.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 24, 2014
A copy of the affidavit was made available online at Scribd.com.
Sanders' agent, Brian Roark, provided a statement, via Autullo, Davis and Plohetski:
"It’s a shame that a mere allegation can effect [sic] a young man’s life to the extent this will," said Roark. "He is innocent though and eventually, that will be proven."
Meander's attorney has not been reached at this time.
Both players have been subsequently suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities. KXAN news reporter Chris Sadeghi passed along Texas head coach Charlie Strong's statement:
University president Bill Powers also released a statement, per the American-Statesman's Nicole Chavez:
Police records show an assault was reported shortly before 4 a.m., which led to an investigation and the charges. UT Police released the following statement: "All three individuals involved knew each other, and the two suspects have been cooperating with the investigation."
Sanders ranked third on the team in catches and receiving yards last season, hauling in 37 balls for 361 yards and one touchdown. He was expected to move into a larger role this season with Mike Davis having moved on to the NFL.
Meander, who was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2013 per 247Sports' composite rankings, was a redshirt freshman last season.