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Ex-USU football player gets jail time in drug, sexual battery case

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Ex-USU football player gets jail time in drug, sexual battery case

By McKenzie Romero | Posted - Jul. 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m.

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LOGAN — Former Utah State University standout Gregory Hayden Weichers was ordered Tuesday to spend two weeks in jail for charges stemming from a meeting with a prostitute in a Logan hotel.

Weichers, 20, pleaded guilty in April to distribution of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced in 1st District Court to 15 days in jail, with credit granted for one day served at the time of his arrest, beginning Aug. 7.

Police say Weichers hired a woman to perform sexual services, meeting her twice at a Logan hotel on Oct. 22, 2014. Officers found the woman, who claimed she had been drugged and sexually assaulted, when they responded to reports of a possible overdose.

Weichers also pleaded guilty in January to patronizing a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor, and was given 12 months of probation, according to court records.

Weichers' parents released a statement following the sentencing Tuesday, expressing support for their son and providing an update on his progress since the arrest.

"Nine months ago our son Hayden was involved in a situation that led to criminal charges, which he's taken full responsibility for. Unfortunately, there has been many false accusations as well. It has been difficult as his parents to not respond to the false characterization of our son Hayden. We are proud of Hayden for accepting responsibility for his part in this event and for moving forward in a positive direction.

"Hayden is currently working hard in school and continuing his training and pursuit of his football career. We are grateful to have this behind us now and move forward. We would like to thank all those who stood by us and Hayden during this extremely difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support shown by family, friends, Utah State coaches, and the community," the parents wrote.

Weichers was suspended indefinitely from the USU football program in November following the incident. He played in all nine games of the season prior to his suspension, after redshirting the year before. In USU's 35-14 win at Hawaii, he caught three passes for 27 yards.

The receiver grew up in South Jordan and attended Bingham High. As a prep senior, he was named the Region 4 Offensive MVP in addition to being a team captain. In high school he was wooed by both BYU and USU, where he ultimately opted to play.


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