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WFAA releases update on UNT basketball team prostitution scandal

WFAA releases update on UNT basketball team prostitution scandal

WFAA releases update on UNT basketball team prostitution scandal
November 18
19:54 2018

A new investigative report by Dallas news station WFAA claims UNT made efforts to cover up an alleged rape and prostitution ring involving three former UNT men’s basketball team members.

According to WFAA’s report, the university’s investigations into the students’ crimes inadequately assessed key evidence and downplayed the involvement of UNT staff in the situation.

In early 2017, Derail Green, Rickey Brice Jr. and Brian Johnson allegedly gang raped a then 18-year-old freshman student in their off-campus apartment. Later, Green and Johnson allegedly asked her over the phone to participate in an organized prostitution ring, or “escort service” advertised to the staff of visiting athletic teams.

The Daily broke the story of the assault and investigations in May 2017, prior to WFAA’s report and new information.

A residence assistant of the freshman student reported the assault and the phone call to campus authorities, prompting an investigation into the matter by UNT police.

WFAA claims that UNT police mishandled their investigation by not deferring the case to Denton police, who normally have jurisdiction in policing off-campus crimes. They also claim that UNT police waited several weeks to interview suspects after the alleged assault and failed to obtain a potential video of the incident.

Brice was charged with and faces trial for possession of marijuana. Green and Johnson were charged with drug possession and the creation of the prostitution ring, though neither were indicted by a Denton County grand jury. Johnson has since been granted probation, and Green faces a court hearing for his charges next month.

Additionally, former Nicholls State University assistant basketball coach Marlon Terry was arrested in connection with the prostitution ring after he exchanged money for sexual acts from a UNT student affiliated with the scheme.

The news team alleges that Terry committed the prostitution in the home of former UNT Basketball assistant coach David Anwar, and that UNT withheld Anwar’s potential involvement in their public statements documenting the incident.

Following the police investigation, UNT paid $95,000 to a law firm to produce an external review that claimed the basketball team and staff did not contribute to their teammates’ actions.

WFAA’s entire report can be found here.

Featured Image: A University of North Texas Police squad car sits outside of the Sullivant Safety Center. File

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2 Comments

  1. None
    None November 19, 11:40

    This is absolutely inexcusable! The UNT Police who did not follow proper procedure investigating a GANG RAPE should be fired!

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  2. Rena
    Rena November 20, 15:08

    That’s disgusting I graduated from this school and this is how they treat a gang raped victim. They treated her like meat, where is the justice in this pathetic excuse for a criminal justice system. Where is her justice?! Dude they all should be fired. Y’all suck.

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