Texas football players Kendall Sanders, Montrel Meander charged with felony sexual assault


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UPDATE 12 P.M.: Sanders and Meander have been suspended indefinitely by Texas Coach Charlie Strong

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Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with felony sexual assault on Thursday over an incident that happened early on the morning of June 21, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting. Sanders also was charged with improper photography.

Here’s the American-Statesman’s Brian Davis and Tony Plohetski with more:

According to court documents obtained by the American-Statesman, UT police officers found the victim under a desk crying. She was barefoot and had disheveled hair.

The alleged victim told police she came back from Sixth Street and agreed to engage consensual sex with Menader, according to court documents. Then, Sanders knocked on the door and was allowed in by Meander.

Sanders began taking off his clothes while Mender went into the bathroom, and the alleged victim said she did not want to have sex with him, the court documents state. Sanders got in bed anyway and forced himself on the alleged victim.

“Sanders told the victim she would like it and that it is going to feel good,” the affidavit states. The documents go into graphic detail how Sanders had sex with the alleged victim, which included vagial and anal intercouse.

At some point, Meander came back into the room and the two players “forcibly penetrated the victim” together. At that point, the alleged victim said she no longer wanted to have sex with Meander.

Then, according to the documents, the alleged victim saw a camera flash and suspected she was begin recorded. The alleged victim dressed and left the room crying.

Bail has been set at $75,000 for Meander and $95,000 for Sanders. Brian Roark, Sanders’s attorney, proclaimed his innocence and said “that will be proven.”

Texas Coach Charlie Strong said the two players will be suspended if they are indicted.

Sanders started seven games last season, grabbing 37 receptions for 361 yards and a touchdown. He previously missed the 2013 season opener because of a DUI arrest, Burnt Orange Nation reported.

Meander, also a wide receiver, redshirted last season and did not play.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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