Monday, October 22, 2018
Public safety

USF football player LaDarrius Jackson arrested on sexual battery charge

TAMPA — USF junior defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment of another student at an on-campus residential hall.

Jackson, 22, was arrested by USF police around 10:30 p.m. at the USF police station, jail records show.

USF police Capt. Mike Klingbiel said Jackson was about to catch a plane home — spring semester just ended at the school — when he was contacted by authorities and detained at Tampa International Airport.

"We have nothing to believe he was fleeing because of the incident," Klingbiel said. "He was simply there flying home. We called him. He didn't get on the plane; he waited for us."

According to an arrest report filed by USF police, Jackson forced a woman to perform sex Monday afternoon despite her verbal and physical efforts to resist him. He forced her into her room after she placed her hands on a wall in an attempt to stop him, the report says, then pushed her onto the bed and straddled her.

The victim told investigators she did not leave the room because she feared Jackson — who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 243 pounds — would try to stop her, the report says. She immediately reported the incident to university housing staff, who helped her in contacting police, according to a news release issued Tuesday morning.

No physical injuries were reported to police, and the victim and suspect "were known acquaintances," news releases indicated. Klingbiel said he didn't know the exact nature of their relationship.

Jackson is charged with sexual assault/sexual battery on a person 18 or older and false imprisonment/kidnapping of an adult. He remained held without bond Tuesday.

He has no prior arrests in Florida, according to state records.

In a statement released by USF, first-year Bulls coach Charlie Strong said Jackson has been removed from all team activities for the time being.

"We are aware of the charges filed against (Jackson)," Strong said. "While we find the allegations troubling, we will continue to gather information and support the judicial process before providing further comment."

Jackson, of Birmingham, Ala., played in seven games last season with three tackles, according to his bio on the USF football website. He joined USF after transferring from Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss.

A close friend of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Jackson is the second Bulls player to be arrested in slightly more than a month.

In late March, defensive back Hassan Childs was arrested on assault and marijuana-possession charges in the wake of a suspected road-rage incident that left him with gunshot wounds. Days later, Strong announced Childs' dismissal from the team.

Staff writer Tony Marrero contributed to this report.

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