Jamaal Anthony Evans, a former Utah State University football player, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in a 2018 case where he was accused of assaulting a woman during a a party that was too drunk to give consent. (Cache County Sheriff’s Office)
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LOGAN — A former Utah State University football player pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse in a 2018 case in which he was accused of assaulting a woman who was too drunk to consent.
Jamaal Anthony Evans, 23, of Logan, was charged in 1st District Court with rape and forcible sodomy, two first-degree felonies, in June 2018. Evans pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a lesser charge of forcible sexual abuse , a second degree felony.
Evans admitted to touching another’s genitals “with the intent to arouse or gratify any individual’s sexual desires without the consent of the other,” the plea document states.
According to a Cache County Jail report filed at the time of her arrest, a woman had been drinking vodka in a basement at an off-campus party when police said she and Evans went upstairs. upstairs for a drink.
The woman’s friends began looking for the house for her when she and Evans failed to return. A friend heard a shower turn on in an upstairs bedroom and went to investigate. They found vomit on Evans’ bed, floor and shirt, according to court documents. But when they tried to enter the bathroom, it was locked.
“Evans was telling her to give it a minute and she started yelling for (the woman) who wasn’t answering her,” the 2018 police report states. “Evans told her through the door that she had no no need to be there and that they were fine.”
The friend was eventually able to enter the bathroom and found the woman “completely naked” and “hunched over and…completely incoherent”, according to the report.
“(The woman) started crying and telling him she didn’t know what was going on.”
When confronted with what happened, Evans “described what happened as ‘when you’re in the moment and you want what you want, you just have to do it sometimes'” , the investigators wrote in the report. He reportedly said the woman was sober and “he gave that girl what she wanted,” police said.
A few days after the party, the woman named Evans, told him she didn’t know what happened that night because she wasn’t sober, and accused Evans of rape, “to which he responds that she must trust him because he is the only person who was there who knows what happened,” the report said.
The incident was one of several rape and sexual misconduct allegations made against Utah State students since 2015.
Evans’ sentencing date has yet to be announced.
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