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Cal U basketball player accused in rape

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

A California University of Pennsylvania basketball player is accused of raping a fellow student Saturday after a party at her apartment, police said.

Jeremy Posey, 19, of 2540 Holland Ave., Huntingdon, is in the Washington County Jail on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual assault, indecent assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.

California Borough police said Posey was invited to a gathering at the woman's residence at the Vulcan Village Apartments, which are university housing units on the upper campus.

As the party dispersed, the hostess went to her bedroom around 4 a.m. Saturday. Posey followed, but the woman told him she was trying to go to sleep, police said in an affidavit. But Posey tried to kiss her and fondle her, she told police.

The woman, whose age was not indicated in the affidavit, told Posey several times she was trying to sleep and eventually pretended to do so, police said.

Posey then sodomized her as the woman continued to pretend to sleep, police said. She then jumped out of bed, pretended to vomit as she ran out of the bedroom and contacted police.

Posey, who is 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, left but sent the woman a text message saying, “You know you were awake, but if that's how you wann roll,” police said.

The woman went with an officer to Mon Valley Hospital for a sexual assault exam while other officers attempted to locate Posey, who is a sophomore sports management major. He did not answer the door at his California residence on Second Street. When police called him, he hung up and let subsequent calls go to voice mail, police said.

Police officers then contacted the university's basketball coach, who contacted Posey and had him turn himself in, police said.

University spokeswoman Christine Kindl said an advocate from the university accompanied the woman to the hospital, and the university has offered her counseling.

“Cal U's first concern is for the victim, and we will continue to provide support for her and her family, as needed,” Kindl said. “This is a serious matter that must be resolved through the criminal justice system. Because the suspect is a student, the situation will be addressed through the university's disciplinary process.”

Kindl said Posey has been barred from campus while his case is heard at both the criminal and university levels.

“Student-athletes, like all Cal U students, are expected to abide not only by the law, but also by our Student Code of Conduct,” Kindl added. “The university's disciplinary process treats them no differently than any other students.”

Posey faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on March 20. Bond has been set at $30,000.

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or jreeger@tribweb.com.

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