As you can tell from the headline, a prominent member of the New mexico football program is facing some very serious charges, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting.
According to the paper, running back Crusoe Gongbay and another 21-year-old suspect — a non-UNM student — have been charged with two counts each of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count each of kidnapping. The 20-year-old Gongbay turned himself in to campus police on the charges.
A third suspect is being sought in connection to the incident. Gongbay is currently jailed in lieu a $50, 000, while the second suspect is being held on a $100,000 bond.
The incident that led to the charges allegedly occurred the weekend before last. From KOB-TV:
According to investigators, during the early hours of Sunday April 13, a female student reported to a Community Assistant at her dorm that she was the victim of a criminal sexual penetration. UNM Police transported the student to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Unit, where evidence was collected.
Because of the serious nature of the charges Gongbay is facing, the junior has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
“We are aware of the allegations involving Crusoe Gongbay” head coach Bob Davie said in a statement released by the school. “Once this process is complete and all the details have emerged, we will handle the outcome appropriately. As this is an ongoing situation, we will not be able to comment any further at this time.”
Last season, Gongbay was third on the team in rushing yards (592) and rushing touchdowns (six). Gongbay is — or at least was — expected to be the Lobos’ starting running back.