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Former USU football player charged with rape

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Apr 2nd, 2019 @ 11:45am



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LOGAN — A former Utah State University football player has been charged with rape.

Lamar Anthony Dawson, 23, whose last known residence was in Logan, was charged Tuesday in 1st District Court with the first-degree felony.

The charge comes less than a week after former Utah State University football star Torrey Green was sentenced to 26 years to life at the Utah State Prison for raping five women and sexually assaulting a sixth.

On Feb. 14, Dawson exchanged several text messages with a woman who stated multiple times that she was very drunk, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in 1st District Court. Dawson then asks the woman if he can come over to her residence, the charges state. The woman eventually agreed but told Dawson, "don’t expect sex because I’m not in the right mindset to make that decision," the charges state.

Dawson, however, later told police that he did have sex with the woman that night, even though he told her the next morning that they did not, according to the charges.

"When asked why he lied to (her) about having sex, he stated he was afraid she was trying to 'pin' something on him," the charges state. "Mr. Dawson denied that (she) was so drunk that she didn’t know what she was doing."

Investigators noted that when the woman was examined at a local hospital 10 hours after the alleged assault, the woman still had a blood-alcohol content of .04 percent, according to charging documents.

Police further stated in their arrest warrant that after speaking with Dawson, they "learned Mr. Dawson has been suspended from all activities involving his team at Utah State University. If that is the case, it is possible Mr. Dawson is in the process of returning home to Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Dawson has no other known ties to the Logan area."

Dawson enrolled at Utah State last June and was a redshirt sophomore, according to the team roster. He is not listed on the 2019 Utah State University football roster.

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