FAMU football player charged with sexual battery

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A football player at Florida A&M University has been arrested, accused of forcibly having sex with a female victim.

David Richardson, 22, was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility Monday.

According to court documents, an investigation was launched in October after the victim reported to police that Richardson had forced her to have sex with him.

The victim told police she went to Richardson's apartment to watch a movie, but explained to Richardson that she wanted to take their relationship slow and did not want to have sex. The victim said Richardson began to lean over her, pinned her feet down and laid on top of her.

She told investigators she attempted to get Richardson off of her by using her hands to push into his shoulders, knowing he had a shoulder injury. The victim told police Richardson said he weighed 285 pounds and she was not going to be able to push him off of her.

The victim said she was scared and stopped struggling with Richardson, but when he pulled away from her she grabbed his genitals and told him to get off of her.

During an interview with police, Richardson admitted to investigators that even though the victim told him she wanted to go slow, he initiated sex. He also said the victim told him to stop and to get off of her.

Richardson said he apologized to the victim and acknowledged that he went too far. He has been charged with one count of sexual battery.

Richardson is listed as a redshirt sophomore out of Washington, D.C. He is a defensive tackle for the Rattlers.

WCTV reached out to FAMU for comment, and received the following statement:

"FAMU football player David Richardson is on suspension from the Athletic program."

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