UCF football player arrested on rape allegations

UCF football freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes Jr. 

A UCF football player was arrested by the UCF Police Department Tuesday evening after a “report of a suspicious incident” following an off-campus party on Friday night was called into UCFPD.

The 18-year-old freshman linebacker, Demetreius Damion Mayes Jr., was arrested on one felony charge of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, according to a UCFPD arrest report.

Mayes, from Miami, Florida, has not played in a game this season for the Knights and has since been indefinitely suspended from the team.

Tyree Bellamy, Rich Belias and Shivamsinh Thakor — Resident Assistants for the Tower IV dorm on UCF's main campus — told UCFPD that at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday they witnessed a female sitting on the couch across from the Resident Assistant’s office visibly crying and appearing to be upset, according to the arrest affidavit. 

The Resident Assistants met with UCFPD at approximately 2:16 a.m. and told officers the victim had no visible injuries they could see and reported hearing the victim say she “didn’t want to get the player in trouble.”

UCF football head coach Josh Heupel said in a Wednesday email that he was "upset and disappointed" to hear about the situation.

"This has no place in our program," Heupel said. "[Demetreius] Mayes is suspended from all UCF football activities indefinitely. We are focused on ensuring that we provide compassion and support for everyone outside our program that has been affected by this."

According to the affidavit, the Resident Assistants observed several women consoling the victim before walking out of the Tower IV building together.

The Resident Assistants observed the victim get in a Lyft, a ride-hailing service, but were unable to give any further details about her.

Security cameras in Towers IV confirmed the statements made by witnesses.

At 1:17 a.m., the victim, her roommate and a group of unidentified black males entered the main entrance of Tower IV, according to the arrest affidavit. The group stayed in the lobby until approximately 1:20 a.m. The unidentified black males stood at the entryway of the building, and from the security video, Mayes was later identified.

Mayes watched the victim exit the building and followed right behind. Seconds later, Mayes can be seen with his left arm wrapped around the victim walking back into the building until they walk out of the camera’s view, according to the arrest affidavit.

At approximately 1:40 a.m., the victim can be seen exiting the stairwell on the first floor. “The victim sat on the couch next to the stairwell, slouched over and appeared to be in distress,” UCF Special Investigations Detective Rick Salcedo wrote in the arrest affidavit.

The victim, who was unable to maintain her balance, was then approached by her roommate, two other females and a group of males before being assisted out of the building at approximately 1:51 a.m.

In a recorded statement given to UCFPD on Monday, the victim said she and her roommate had consumed several alcoholic beverages at their residence and were intoxicated before they left their apartment on Friday night.

The victim and her roommate went to a party off-campus and consumed several more mixed-drinks, with the victim noting she felt “more intoxicated” than she did before she left the apartment.

The victim said she and her roommate decided to go to the Tower IV dorm after the party ended, according to the arrest affidavit. Several black males offered them a ride, and the victim and her roommate accepted.

In her recorded statement, the victim said the next thing she remembered was Mayes taking her to a room upstairs, but she does not recall what happened once they got into the room.

The victim told UCFPD that the next thing she remembered was being awakened by someone banging on the door. The victim felt male genitalia penetrating her and said she was “completely naked,” with her torso facing down and her legs hanging off the edge of the bed, according to the arrest affidavit.

“The victim stood up and the defendant stood by the door, blocking it," the affidavit states. The victim then grabbed her belongings and exited the room. Two other males who were in Mayes room then escorted the victim down to the lobby of Tower IV.

In an interview with UCFPD on Tuesday evening, Mayes said the victim consented to engage in sex. Soon after, Mayes told UCFPD that the victim said “I can’t do this” and Mayes said he stopped. Mayes said he then heard his teammates knocking on the bedroom door and before he unlocked it, he let the victim get dressed.

Mayes' teammates, who were present at the time of the incident, were taken to UCFPD for interviews on Tuesday. Aaron Anderson, Rashaan Lewis, James Collins, Dedrion Bacote, Otis Anderson, Jermaine McMillian and Byron Brown were brought in for questioning.

“The witnesses were concerned the defendant was going to engage in sex with the intoxicated victim,” Salcedo wrote in the affidavit. “The witnesses said they went to his room, in an attempt to stop the defendant from making a big mistake.”

The witnesses went to Mayes’ bedroom and knocked on the door for several minutes, Salcedo wrote in the affidavit. “According to the witnesses, the victim was visibly upset and was crying,” the affidavit states.

Based on the victim’s testimony, she was unable to communicate her unwillingness to engage in sex. Based on the information provided in the affidavit, UCFPD found probable cause to charge Mayes with sexual battery to a physically helpless person.

UCFPD Chief Carl Metzger said in a statement through email on Wednesday that he is proud of the UCFPD officers who "dedicated themselves" to this case.

“The UCF Police Department is committed to a thorough, professional investigation of all criminal incidents reported to us, and we’re dedicated to a culture of care that starts by believing the brave survivors who seek our assistance," Metzger said. "This survivor’s well-being will continue to be a priority for our department and our university."

Mayes was released on a $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon and ordered to have “no contact whatsoever with the victim,” according to the Orange County Clerk of Courts.

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