Two Ohio State football players are in Franklin County jail awaiting an arraignment on charges of rape and kidnapping.
>>INITIAL REPORT: Pair of OSU DBs face felony charges
Here is the information available at this time:
1. Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, were arrested early Wednesday morning after warrants were issued late Tuesday.
According to court records, both are accused of rape with threat of force and kidnapping a female to engage in sexual activity on Feb. 4. Both charges are felonies.
Both players are set to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday in Franklin County municipal court.
Riep and Wint are both defensive backs for the Buckeyes.
2. A university spokesman said late Tuesday night the school was aware they had been arrested and face criminal charges.
They have been suspended from all activities involving the football program.
The team is currently in winter workouts. Spring football practice is scheduled to begin March 2 and conclude April 11.
3. Riep is a fourth-year senior-to-be from Cincinnati.
He attended Colerain High School, where he was one of the top-rated prospects in the state of Ohio in the class of 2017.
He has 37 career tackles and has been a special teams standout for the Buckeyes and backed up Shaun Wade as the slot corner last season. He would have been considered a candidate to move into the starting lineup this season.
4. Wint is a fifth-year senior-to-be from Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was a four-star recruit from Erasmus Hall High School when he signed with Ohio State in 2017.
After redshirting in 2016, he has primarily been a reserve defensive back. He has 35 career tackles and one start for the Buckeyes.
5. This is the first major off-field issue Ryan Day will have to deal with.
Day replaced Urban Meyer as head coach of the Buckeyes on Jan. 2, 2019.
Day led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record last season, including a Big Ten championship and appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Like most coaches, he has stressed the importance of a positive culture in the Ohio State locker room.
The last Ohio State player known to face a legal issue of this magnitude was Brian Snead, a running back from the class of 2018, but the details of his case did not become public until after he left the program.
Although he did not announce he was transferring until January 2019, an investigation by the Ohio State student newspaper (The Lantern) found he had been dismissed from the university in November 2018 for violating the student code of conduct by engaging in “nonconsensual sexual intercourse and nonconsensual sexual contact,”
No criminal charges were filed stemming from that incident, but it was investigated by university police.
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