USF defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was arrested on campus at 10:38 p.m. Monday on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment. He is currently being held in jail without bond.
According to a police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Jackson forced a women to perform sex despite her efforts to resist him. The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. in a dorm on campus. Afterwards, the victim immediately contacted housing staff, who got her into contact with police.
According to Capt. Mike Klingbiel of the USF Police Department, Jackson was about to catch a flight at Tampa International Airport where he was contacted by authorities, detained, and taken into custody. The captain stated that Jackson wasn’t fleeing from authorities, but simply catching a flight home after the conclusion of USF’s spring semester.
USF released a statement this morning as did head coach Charlie Strong:
#USF Statement on student-athlete LaDarrius Jackson. The USF Student Code of Conduct can be found here: https://t.co/eTdFJ9bhGD pic.twitter.com/DKJqCuB2fC— USF (@USouthFlorida) May 2, 2017
MORE: And here is the statement from head football coach Charlie Strong: pic.twitter.com/x3SJ6gbw6W— Diedra Rodriguez (@deerodriguez) May 2, 2017
Jackson, a native of Birmingham, transferred from Hinds Community College to USF as a JUCO in the spring of 2016. He totaled three tackles in seven games this past season.