One of the highest-rated members of BYU 2015 recruiting class has run into an off-field issue serious enough that it places his future at the university in jeopardy.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Charles West was arrested this past Friday, two days after National Signing Day, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana. The assault charge is a second-degree felony, while the possession charge is a misdemeanor.
The incident that led to West’s arrest, which took place in West’s hometown of Coppell, Tex., actually occurred Jan. 28, exactly one week before NSD. It’s believed BYU officials didn’t know of the incident at the time of his signing, but that has yet to be confirmed by the school itself; an attorney retained by West said in a statement, however, that the coaching staff and administration were apprised of the situation on the day the arrest was made.
As for the details of what led to that arrest? From the Tribune:
According to a court affidavit filed for the arrest warrant, West, 18, is accused of sexually assaulting the complainant, a female, who had allegedly been summoned to the home by West through a website that solicits escort and other services, with the expectation that she would receive $160 for the call.
The police report and court documents allege that West brandished a large silver kitchen knife in the garage after the pair moved from a bedroom because a family member had returned home. Court documents state that West placed the knife against the complainant’s neck and demanded sexual favors, which she eventually performed after an attempt to defend herself with a “small dagger” she pulled from her boot was unsuccessful.
The Deseret News reports that a call to police was initiated by West himself. “He reported he felt threatened by men who had come to his house, according to family members,” the News wrote.
The alleged victim, who a Coppell Police Department sergeant said had been contacted through “a website where she advertises for services that entail foot fetishes and dominatrix activities,” suffered what was described by the police as “small lacerations.”
A three-star member of the Cougars class this year, West was rated as the No. 16 all-purpose running back in the country. The only offensive signee for BYU rated higher than the 5.6 rating given to West by Rivals.com was offensive lineman Kieffer Longson‘s 5.7; the only defensive signee with a higher rating was defensive end Mika Tafua‘s 5.7.
West was one of just eight three-star signees in BYU’s 22-player class, which was ranked 65th in the country.
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