Former player arrested
Davis charged with criminal sexual conduct
By MINDY LUCAS and JOSH KENDALL
A Newberry native who was a member of the South Carolina football team until April was arrested Thursday night and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Kentrell Lafette Davis, 21, turned himself in Thursday, Sheriff Leon Lett said, after a 21-year-old woman told police she accompanied Davis on May 31 from the Five Points area to Davis’ apartment, where he had sexual intercourse with her without her consent, according to the sheriff’s department.
The woman told an officer she was “extremely intoxicated and passed out after getting to the residence,” according to an incident report filed by the sheriff’s department.
“Sometime during the evening she believes that Mr. Davis entered the bedroom and was on top of her and tugging at her clothing,” the report read. “She stated she recalls saying ‘no’ and ‘leave me alone’ but does not have an account of what transpired afterward. (The accuser) states she believes it was Mr. Davis because she recognized his voice.”
The woman stated when she awoke in the morning her skirt and underwear had been removed and she “felt like she had been penetrated,” the report reads. There was no one in the room when the woman awoke in what she believed to be Davis’ bedroom, she told an officer. After Davis drove the woman home, she went to the Thompson Student Health Center and reported the incident and law enforcement was contacted, the report said.
Davis, a redshirt senior who did not play last season after being moved from defensive line to offensive line, was informed following spring practice in April that his scholarship was not being renewed for the 2012 season, said Steve Fink, South Carolina’s assistant athletics director. Davis has not joined the team in its summer workout program and was not expected to return prior to the alleged incident, Fink said. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier could not be reached for comment.
Davis was named first-team all-state by The State after his senior season at Newberry High in 2007. He was a three-star recruit who picked the Gamecocks over Stanford, Virginia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina. After redshirting in 2008, Davis played in four games as a defensive lineman in 2009. He played seven games as a defensive lineman in 2010 but was moved to the offensive line following the season. He did not play in 2011.
Third degree criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina is defined by the accused “being engaged in sexual battery with the victim” along with “one or more” of the following circumstances — “force or coercion to accomplish the sexual battery in the absence of aggravating circumstances” and “the accused knew or had reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.”