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UW basketball player Whitney Gordon faces four charges related to house party

2013-07-30T13:53:00Z 2013-07-31T11:48:05Z UW basketball player Whitney Gordon faces four charges related to house partyBy MIKE VOREL Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Wyoming basketball player Whitney Gordon faces four charges in her hometown of Marion, Kan., related to a house party at her parents' home on July 12.

Prosecuting attorney Brian Bina confirmed to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that Gordon, a sophomore forward, has been charged with four counts.

The Marion County Record in Marion, Kan., first reported that the four counts are:

  • unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages.
  • furnishing alcohol to a minor.
  • interference with law enforcement -- obstruction of official duty.
  • contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation.

The County Record also reported that the charges stem from a house party held at the home of Gordon's parents on July 12. Deputies reportedly arrived at the house to find 27 people, many of whom were minors in possession of alcohol. Gordon's parents were vacationing out of town at the time.

Gordon will attend an initial hearing on Aug. 5, according to the Marion County Courts website.

Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski addressed the charges in a statement to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday.

"We are aware of the current situation with Whitney Gordon and are monitoring it closely," Legerski said.

The Wyoming athletics department declined to make any further comment.

Gordon played sparingly as a true freshman in 2012-13, appearing in eight games and recording two points, two assists and one rebound on the season.

These charges come less than six months after former Wyoming men's basketball player Luke Martinez was charged with one felony count of aggravated assault and battery after a Laramie bar fight on Dec. 31 in which Martinez allegedly kicked a defenseless man in the face.

Martinez was arrested on Jan. 13 and his trial is set for Aug. 26-28.

Reach reporter Mike Vorel at Mike.Vorel@trib.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVorel.

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