A former University of South Dakota football player has pleaded guilty to sexual assault this week.
Danny Rambo Jr., 21, pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to sexual content without consent with a person incapable of consenting — a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was originally charged with one count of second-degree rape.
Rambo was sentenced to 10 days in jail (180 with 170 suspended). He will serve his time starting Nov. 1 and will pay about $2,400 in court costs. He was ordered to enroll in counseling to “address any sexual issues” he has.
Rambo Jr. and Dale Williamson, 21, turned themselves in the Monday after the incident that occurred on Oct. 22, according to the Vermillion Police Department. Williamson was charged with one count of attempted second degree rape. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to court documents, a woman says Rambo and Williamson entered a bedroom where she was having consensual sex with another player and assaulted her Oct. 22, 2017, at the off-campus residence the three players shared. She said the player did not seem surprised the others entered the room and didn’t ask them to leave.
Rambo admitted he made sexual contact with the victim, according to court documents, but Williamson denied involvement and said he wasn’t even in the room. Alcohol was not involved in the incident.
“The victim was very reluctant about having an investigation started due to the backlash she believed she would suffer from the football team, student population and community,” according to the affidavit.
Williamson is charged with rape in the second degree in a separate case, with court documents stating that on March 3, 2017, he “unlawfully accomplish(ed) an act of sexual penetration with another person … through the use of force, coercion, or threats of immediate and great bodily harm against the victim or other persons within the victim’s presence.”
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
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