Former Ohio State Football Player Charged With Rape and Kidnapping

A former Ohio State football player faces charges of rape and kidnapping after he was arrested by Columbus police earlier this month.  According to the Columbus Dispatch:

“Bri’onte R. Dunn, 24, of Alliance, who played for the Buckeyes from 2012 to 2015 as a backup running back, faces charges from an Aug. 20 incident on the city’s North Side, according to court records.

The arrest comes as a result of a woman showing up at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for a sexual-assault exam, saying she’d been raped at her apartment. The woman identified Dunn as her attacker. She told investigators that she’d received a phone call from him about 4:15 a.m. Aug. 20, saying he needed a ride.

“She picked him up and against her wishes she drove him to her residence,” the affidavit states.

The woman told police she went to bed and about 15 minutes later Dunn got into bed with her and began sexually assaulting her. The woman told Dunn that she did not want to have sex with him.

Dunn eventually stopped and fell asleep, the woman told police. A couple hours later, the woman said, Dunn was on top of her and raped her twice. She told police she tried to push him off and told him to stop.

“She started crying and the suspect finally stopped,” according to an affidavit.

Results of the exam done at the police crime lab stated Dunn “could not be excluded as the contributor to the major component in the profile,” according to a court affidavit.

During his football career at Ohio State, Dunn gained 291 yards in 49 carries and scored three touchdowns as a backup. He was expected to compete with Mike Weber for the starting job in 2016, but was dismissed from the team after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in July 2016.

He eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge and received a suspended 180-day sentence, records show. He also was placed on community control through February 2019.

Dunn graduated from Ohio State in May 2016 with a degree in sports industry.”

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