UI obtains warrants in sexual assault case
May 27, 2008
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Police Department, in concert with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has obtained warrants for the arrest of Cedric D Everson III for sexual abuse in the second degree and Abeberell "Abe" Bradford Satterfield for sexual abuse in the third degree and sexual abuse in the second degree. The arrest warrants are for incidents that occurred on Oct. 14, 2007, on the UI campus. The Johnson County Attorney has authorized extradition from out-of-state for these warrants.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa City Police Department and the Johnson County Attorney's Office assisted the UI Police Department in the investigation.
Everson and Satterfield no longer live in Iowa City. The victim no longer resides in Iowa City.
The UI became aware of the incident on Oct. 14, 2007. The victim later contacted law enforcement and a criminal investigation began in November 2007. The investigation continued into 2008.
The Johnson County Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the safety and wellbeing of the reported victim was paramount in the decision about when to file the charges.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Barta, Ferentz issue statements on action by Johnson County Attorney's
"This has been a difficult situation for everyone involved. From the day we learned about the incident, I have been deeply concerned and we have taken it seriously.
"Our first concern was for the young woman. As part of the process, all staff involved worked to follow university procedures and protocol. I am very confident that happened. Last fall, everything was turned over to the proper authorities in full cooperation of the legal process.
"I look forward to being able to explain the handling of this matter more completely in the near future."
Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz:
"This situation has always been serious and significant. I am concerned for everyone involved.
"Abe and Cedric left the football program last fall after several meetings with me. Because this is still a legal matter and the information is sensitive, I cannot discuss the specifics of those conversations at this time.
"From the beginning, I have worked directly with Gary Barta and University officials to make certain that procedures and protocol were followed."
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