LARAMIE — Former University of Wyoming football standout Carl Granderson has been charged with sexual assault, according to a university statement.
According to the school, charges of third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery were filed against Granderson this week in Albany County Circuit Court stemming from an off-campus incident that occurred after the season.
In response to public records requests seeking files on the case, the Star-Tribune was informed by circuit court clerks as well as the Albany County Attorney’s Office that Wyoming law requires the case to be transferred to district court before charges are released publicly. A circuit court clerk said the case had not been bound over as of Thursday afternoon.
According to the court, Granderson is being represented in the case through Pence and MacMillan, a law firm with offices in Laramie, Cheyenne and Sheridan. However, a circuit court clerk could not specify which attorney at the firm is representing Granderson. A message left Thursday with the firm’s Laramie office seeking comment was not returned Thursday.
In most cases, a third-degree sexual assault conviction in Wyoming carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Sexual battery, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to one year in jail.
The school said in a release that suspension is the usual course of action when felony charges are involved but officials cannot suspend Granderson since the alleged incident occurred after his eligibility expired.
The Laramie Police Department conducted the investigation since the alleged incident occurred off campus. LPD Lieutenant Gwendolyn Smith said the department received a dispatch call on Nov. 26 before an incident report was filed into records the next day.
“The sexual assault charges recently filed against Carl Granderson are serious, and the allegations are troubling,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said in a statement. “I want to assure the people of Wyoming that we hold our young men to the highest of standards, and this alleged behavior is unacceptable.”
Granderson, a senior this past season, has graduated and is no longer enrolled at the university. The defensive end recently participated in the Senior Bowl and is projected to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft. He earned all-Mountain West honors after his junior season and received an invite to the upcoming NFL Combine.
Though a date hasn’t been announced, the school will also host its pro day at some point this spring, where Wyoming’s top draft prospects will work out on campus in front of NFL personnel. A message left with Wyoming’s athletic department Thursday regarding Granderson’s participation has not been returned.
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“We strive to have our student-athletes represent our athletics department and the state of Wyoming in a manner that we can all be proud of,” athletic director Tom Burman said in a statement. “But when charges such as those that were filed against former football player Carl Granderson are made, we deal with them directly and in accordance with University of Wyoming policies. These alleged actions will not be tolerated.
“We appreciate the manner in which Coach Bohl has worked with our athletics administration in dealing with this incident. We have been and will continue to be committed to educating our student-athletes and our staff on ways they can help prevent sexual assault, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our student-athletes.”
Granderson, a Sacramento, California, native, is the third known Wyoming athlete facing criminal charges stemming from incidents this school year.
Youhanna Ghaifan, also a star defensive lineman, was suspended from the team after an October incident involving a hotel worker in Fort Collins, Colorado. The redshirt junior was cited for Level 3 harassment and Level 2 false imprisonment after allegedly trapping a female housekeeper against a wall and trying to kiss her. He pleaded no contest in the misdemeanor case and later declared for the NFL Draft.
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Ny Redding, a senior on the men’s basketball team, was suspended indefinitely and charged with one count of simple assault and one count of battery in January. Redding was accused of taking a swing at a woman and drawing blood after nicking her nose while also striking another woman, “knocking her down and unconscious,” according to citations filed last month in circuit court.