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WVU linebacker Henry off team after arrest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia linebacker d'Vante Henry is now a former WVU linebacker after his arrest Wednesday night.

Henry, 21, was at the North Central Regional Jail Thursday after being charged with second-degree sexual assault. His bond was set at $100,000.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday that Henry, a junior college transfer, was no longer a member of the football team. His name had been removed from the team's online roster.

Holgorsen said that even before the arrest, Henry had been "indefinitely suspended from game participation.'' He was expected to be redshirted and would not have played until 2014 anyway.

"There [were] strict parameters put in place that he had to abide by in order to play next season,'' Holgorsen said in a statement Thursday morning. "The allegations made against him are troubling and very serious. He is no longer a Mountaineer.''

The incident allegedly took place early Sunday morning when Henry entered a woman's apartment and forced himself upon her. According to the complaint, when the woman told him to stop, Henry replied by telling her to "Shut up.''

Henry, also according to the complaint, claims the sex was consensual.

Henry had not played in a game for the Mountaineers this season after missing virtually all of preseason practice for what Holgorsen termed as "personal issues" He finally arrived just before the season began and had started practicing with the team.

Henry enrolled at West Virginia this summer after playing at Arizona Western College and was a highly recruited junior college player. He picked WVU over Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oregon State, among others.

Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickman1@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.

 


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