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Man charged with Five Points sexual assault was a Benedict College football player

Police video of sexual assault suspect

Columbia police are looking for the man in this video in connection with a sexual assault in Five Points.
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Columbia police are looking for the man in this video in connection with a sexual assault in Five Points.

The man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Columbia’s Five Points this week was a member of the Benedict College football team, the school confirmed Saturday.

Darius Nelson, 26, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Nelson is accused of forcing a woman to a secluded area in the 700 block of Saluda Avenue, near Walgreens and Salsarita’s, around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and sexually assaulting her, according to Columbia police.

The man also hit the woman several times in the face, leaving her with significant facial injuries, police say.

“Mr. Darius M. Nelson has been administratively withdrawn from Benedict College,” the school said in a statement. “Students may be withdrawn administratively from the college at any time by the administration for the good of the college. It is the policy of Benedict College not to comment on pending investigations or legal matters.”

Nelson’s bio page has been removed from the Benedict football team’s website and his name removed from the online roster.

Nelson was arrested overnight Thursday or early Friday morning.

A judge denied bail to Nelson on Saturday morning, Columbia police said in a tweet.

He is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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