Suspensions have hit the Northeast Conference hard in the past couple of weeks, most notably at Robert Morris and Wagner, now four St. Francis (NY) players have been suspended due to sexual assault allegations according to News 12 Brooklyn.
The four Terriers suspended are Anthony White, Wayne Martin, Brent Jones and P.J. Santavenere. Martin averages 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while Jones contributes 6.9 points, 5.5 assists, and 2.6 rebounds. White is also a key contributor with 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing.
According to News 12, White was focal point of the most recent transgression:
Anthony White was arrested on Feb. 4 after investigators say he slapped a 20-year-old female, choked her and broke her computer in a campus dorm. White was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury. He was released on his own recognizance with a temporary order of protection against the victim. White is due back in court on March 24.
The trouble didn't end there:
When reporting that incident, the victim made police aware of another incident from Dec. 2012. Police arrested Wayne Martin and charged him with forcible touching and sex abuse for reportedly attempting to kiss the victim without her consent. Police say the incident also occurred in a dorm room.
Investigators say the victim also claims that during the alleged Martin incident, another individual came into her room at the same time and raped her. That individual is yet to be arrested.
Police are looking to question a 23-year-old member of the men's basketball team in connection to the sexual assault. They have not released the individual's name.
St. Francis made waves earlier this year defeating Miami on opening night. The Terriers are now 15-10 and 6-4 in the NEC. Their 6-4 mark puts them in a third place tie with Wagner and Mount St. Mary's. St. Francis plays at Long Island on Sunday.