— The Sports Xchange —
Rutgers sophomore wide receiver Dacoven Bailey was dismissed from the university in January after being charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Texas.
KXII, a Texas television station, first reported the incident. Bailey is one of four men accused of raping a 15-year-old girl last July in his hometown of Pilot Point, Texas.
Denton County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office records indicate that Bailey was charged with sexual assault Dec. 29 and released from jail the next day on a $20,000 bond.
Bailey’s mother, Shileta Bailey, told KXII that she and her son had no idea that he would be arrested.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she told the station. “I didn’t raise my son to be that way. I didn’t raise him to do those things, but everybody gets caught up in certain situations.
“I feel like he’s just being caught in a bad situation but every situation is a learning experience and this is one that he has to learn and has to go through.”
Bailey played in nine games for the Scarlet Knights last season and caught nine passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. He also saw action on defense and special teams, logging 11 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
As a freshman, Bailey played in 12 games on offense, defense and special teams. He started one game, finished with 12 receptions and led the team in special teams tackles with six.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash has yet to release a statement on Bailey. The school confirmed to local media that Bailey was not with the team.