AUSTIN -- Two University of Texas football players have been charged with sexual assault and are in police custody, officials say.
Kendall Sanders, a junior wide receiver from Athens, is charged with sexual assault and improper photography. Montrel Meander, a sophomore wide receiver from Amarillo, is charged with sexual assault.
Officials say the charges come from an incident on June 21 at the San Jacinto Dormitory.
According to the warrants, the alleged victim knew Meander and Sanders for about a year before the alleged assault. She ran into Meander on Sixth Street in Austin on the night of June 20 and went back to his room in the San Jacinto dorm, where they had sex.
The warrant says Sanders came to Meander's dorm room, and when Meander went to the bathroom, Sanders began undressing. The alleged victim told police she told Sanders she didn't want to have sex with him, but he forced himself on her. When Meander came back into the room, the two men continued assaulting her, the warrant says.
The alleged victim told police she saw a flash as if one of the men was trying to take a cell phone video or photo of her while the assault occurred. Detectives later found a photo of the alleged victim on Sanders' phone.
The victim said she asked to leave, and Sanders reportedly told her, 'You could leave after I'm done,' the warrant states.
KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman report the players asked the alleged victim if she was OK, and she told them she was. However, according to UT police records, a sexual assault was reported at the dorm at 3:43 a.m.
Texas coach Charlie Strong has suspended the players indefinitely. According to media reports that emerged in January following Strong's hiring, one of the new coach's rules laid out for the players included, 'Treat women with respect.'
Strong released the following statement Wednesday morning:
'We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall (Sanders) and Montrel (Meander) since it was brought to our attention. It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that. With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions.'
Strong has known about the investigation for about a month, sources say. He said on Tuesday at Big 12 media days, 'Right now I don't suspend them, but they're taken away from the team. Not taken away, but separated from the team, so they kind of work out on their own.'
KVUE reported in June that two football players were being questioned in the alleged assault, but UT police would not release their names at the time.
Earlier this week, Strong banned several football players from the locker room. Sanders and Meander are not part of that group. Strong said on Tuesday, 'Those are totally different players.' He went on to say those players that have been banned were guilty of 'not going to class, not doing what I ask them to do, the little things.'
When the news of the charges broke on Thursday, Quandre Diggs, a senior starter at defensive back, tweeted, 'It's a shame when people piss away great opportunities, God has given us all tremendous blessings.'
According to the most recent UT security reports, 23 sexual offenses were reported on campus from 2010-2012. Twelve of those offenses occurred in on-campus residence halls. The same report says 74 sexual assaults were reported to UT during those three years.