UI obtains warrants in sexual assault case

May 27, 2008

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Police Department, in concert with the Iowa Divisionof Criminal Investigation, has obtained warrants for the arrest of Cedric DEverson III for sexual abuse in the second degree and Abeberell “Abe”Bradford Satterfield for sexual abuse in the third degree and sexual abusein the second degree. The arrest warrants are for incidents that occurred on Oct. 14, 2007, on the UI campus. The Johnson CountyAttorney has authorized extradition from out-of-state for these warrants.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa City Police Departmentand the Johnson County Attorney’s Office assisted the UI Police Departmentin the investigation.

Everson and Satterfield no longer live in Iowa City. The victim no longerresides in Iowa City.

The UI became aware of the incident on Oct. 14, 2007. The victim latercontacted law enforcement and a criminal investigation began in November2007. The investigation continued into 2008.

The Johnson County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that the safety andwellbeing of the reported victim was paramount in the decision about when tofile the charges.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumedinnocent until and unless proven guilty.

Barta, Ferentz issue statements on action by Johnson County Attorney’sOffice

Director of Athletics Gary Barta:

“This has been a difficult situation for everyone involved. From the day welearned about the incident, I have been deeply concerned and we have takenit seriously.

“Our first concern was for the young woman. As part of the process, allstaff involved worked to follow university procedures and protocol. I amvery confident that happened. Last fall, everything was turned over to theproper authorities in full cooperation of the legal process.

“I look forward to being able to explain the handling of this matter morecompletely in the near future.”

Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz:

“This situation has always been serious and significant. I am concerned foreveryone involved.

“Abe and Cedric left the football program last fall after several meetingswith me. Because this is still a legal matter and the information issensitive, I cannot discuss the specifics of those conversations at thistime.

“From the beginning, I have worked directly with Gary Barta and Universityofficials to make certain that procedures and protocol were followed.”




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