University Of Utah Football Player Arrested, Accused Of Kidnapping, Rape, Enticing Minor

Jan 30, 2020, 12:44 PM | Updated: 1:16 pm
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Terrell Perriman (Photo: Salt Lake County)
(Photo: Salt Lake County)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A University of Utah football player was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping, rape and enticing a minor, according to arresting documents.

According to a probable cause statement, the 17-year-old victim reported that she met Terrell Maurice Perriman, 20, on Instagram. She alleges Perriman pressured her to send nude photos to him, and she, in turn, received photos that were “sexually graphic in nature,” the report states.

She reportedly met up with Perriman at his apartment where he confiscated her mobile phone and refused to let her leave, arresting documents state. He then allegedly told her he wouldn’t let her leave until she performed a sexual act on him.

Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham said the university was made aware of the “very serious allegations,” and Perriman was immediately suspended from all team activities.

“Obviously, this does not reflect the values and standards of our program and we will continue to monitor the situation as it moves through the legal process,” Whittingham said.”We are cooperating with the authorities and university personnel and will continue to assist as requested.”

Salt Lake City police held a press conference Thursday afternoon regarding the arrest. During the conference, a spokesperson for the department encouraged any other victims to come forward ensuring that the department has victim advocates on staff and ready to assist.

“Often in these kinds of cases there is not just one victim,” said the representative.

Perriman faces charges of rape, a first-degree felony; kidnapping and enticing a minor by internet or text, both second-degree felonies; and dealing in material harmful to a minor, a misdemeanor. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

He played in 10 games for the Utes at the wide receiver position. The 2019 season was his redshirt freshman season.

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