Ac­cused UNC player says he’s not a rapist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

A North Carolina foot­ball player fac­ing charges of sex­ual bat­tery and as­sault on a fe­male stu­dent says the two had con­sen­sual sex and that he did not rape nor drug her.

In his first pub­lic com­ments, Allen Ar­tis said Tues­day he isn’t a rapist and is ea­ger to get the case be­hind him. One of his at­tor­neys, Kerry Sut­ton, also said Ar­tis has passed a poly­graph test about the Fe­bru­ary in­ci­dent.

“Ev­ery­thing was com­pletely con­sen­sual that hap­pened that night,” said a very com­posed Artist. “That’s the truth.”

The ju­nior re­serve line­backer, in­def­i­nitely sus­pended from the team, turned him­self in ear­lier this month on the mis­de­meanor charges. His next court date is set for Thurs­day.

The ar­rest war­rant stated Ar­tis had sex with a fe­male UNC stu­dent against her will when he “should have rea­son­ably known that the other per­son was men­tally in­ca­pac­i­tated and phys­i­cally help­less.”

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