LARAMIE — The sexual assault and sexual battery charges filed last week against former Wyoming football standout Carl Granderson involve two alleged victims, court documents show.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Albany County Circuit Court, Granderson made unwanted sexual contact with a pair of female University of Wyoming students while the three of them were sleeping at an off-campus apartment in November.
The Star-Tribune, through a public records request, obtained a redacted copy of the affidavit, which referred to the women only as Victim 1 and Victim 2. As part of a statement released Thursday publicly addressing the charges, the University of Wyoming identified Granderson, a senior last season who’s widely projected to be taken in this year’s NFL Draft, as having been charged with third-degree sexual assault, a felony, and sexual battery, a misdemeanor.
In most cases, a third-degree sexual assault conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Sexual battery is punishable by up to a year in jail.
The case has not proceeded far enough for Granderson to enter a plea. The Laramie law firm that the court says is representing him did not respond last week to calls seeking comment.
Granderson was recently invited to the NFL scouting combine later this month and is still listed among the participants on the league’s website. A university communications spokesman said there hasn’t been a decision made as to whether Granderson will participate in Wyoming’s pro day, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.
According to the affidavit, the victims went to university police with a sexual assault complaint on the morning of Nov. 26, alleging Granderson had “touched them sexually, without their permission, while they were sleeping” after watching a movie at Granderson’s off-campus apartment the night before.
Victim 2 said she was awakened in the bed where all three of them were sleeping when Granderson touched her right breast with his left hand. She said Granderson did this three times, and each time she moved his arm and hand away from her body, according to the affidavit, before moving closer toward Victim 1 to try to create more distance between herself and Granderson.
According to the affidavit, Granderson reached over to pull her back toward him, and she felt his genitals against her body. The victim told investigators after she felt his hand in her pants, she sat up, moved toward the opposite side of the bed and complained of the heat in the room, at which point Granderson removed his hand, rolled over and turned on a fan, according to the affidavit.
Victim 1 also alleged she woke up when she felt Granderson’s hand “touching her buttocks,” according to the affidavit, and that she knew it was Granderson’s hand because it was much larger than Victim 2’s hands. The woman told police Granderson touched her genitals, prompting her to roll over onto her belly, which caused his hand to come out of her pants. She also recalled Victim 2 sitting up in bed at one point that morning and making a comment about how hot it was in the room, according to the affidavit.
Victim 2 tried to wake up Victim 1 by tugging on her T-shirt, but that didn’t work. She then sent her a text message at 5:45 a.m. that read, “I have something to tell you,” according to the affidavit. But Victim 1 said she didn’t see it until after Granderson left the apartment.
Victim 1 responded to Victim 2’s text around 7:16 a.m., saying, “I already know what it is bro. I was praying it didn’t happen to you too,” according to the affidavit.
Both of the women informed a Laramie Police Department officer, who took over the investigation because the alleged incident occurred off campus, that there had been no prior “romantic, intimate or sexual contact” between them and Granderson and that they never gave him permission to touch them, according to the affidavit.
The Albany County Circuit Court denied multiple requests for case files made by the Star-Tribune last week. The court as well as the county attorney’s office cited a Wyoming law that requires sexual assault cases to be transferred to district court before publicly releasing the names of alleged perpetrators and victims.
But the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that circuit courts must keep proceedings and documents in sexual assault cases public with names being redacted to comply with state statute. A court clerk said Monday that the probable cause affidavit related to the case was not filed in circuit court until Friday and that the case still hasn’t been bound over to district court.