Woman accuses 2 HBU football players of sex assault

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Houston Baptist University has suspended two athletes accused of sex assault.

Two Houston Baptist University wide receivers have been suspended from playing football after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by both men at her apartment.

Kyler Henson, 22, and Dennis Houston, 18, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault after the woman told investigators both men had sex with her without her consent.

According to charging documents, the alleged victim said she went to a party on Beechnut on October 29, and at one point, someone put something in her drink.

"...after several sips she began to feel sick and went to the restroom and blacked out several times," the document says.

Investigators said two students who witnessed what happened offered to find her a ride back to the HBU campus.

When she awoke, the alleged victim said she found herself on Henson's lap. The documents allege Henson had inserted his finger in her vagina, and that she passed out again.

The woman told investigators when she awoke, Henson was having sex with her inside her apartment.

The document also alleges that at one point, she became conscious and found Houston behind her as well, having sex with her.

Houston denied ever having sex with her, but admitted to walking into the bedroom.

As for Henson, the document alleges he admitted he had sex with her, but asked, "Why do I need consent?" when deputies tried to figure out whether the woman gave him permission.

Steve Moniaci, director of athletics at HBU, released this statement tonight:

We are greatly saddened for all involved. We had already taken the action of suspending the two athletes from participation pending the outcome of the investigation. There are policies and procedures in place here at HBU for this sort of situation, and those have been followed precisely.

We are cooperating fully with the District Attorney's office on the matter. As a university we have made accommodations for the complainant, and have taken appropriate measures with the respondents to ensure the safety of the campus. Beyond that we cannot comment further on the situation.


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