Tennessee State QB Demry Croft arrested on rape, sexual battery charges

August 21, 2019

Demry Croft, a Tennessee State quarterback who started four games last season, was arrested Monday and charged with six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.

An indictment alleged Croft engaged in unlawful sexual conduct and sexual penetration on Dec. 1 without the victim’s consent. The 22-year-old is also alleged to have used force or coercion, according to the indictment. All eight counts involve the same victim.

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Croft, who was a transfer from Minnesota, missed five games last season due to a shoulder injury. He was practicing with the first-team in camp, according to the Tennessean.

Tennessee State coach Rod Reed told reporters after the second scrimmage Saturday that Croft was dealing with some issues and couldn’t speak to the media, the newspaper reported.

Tennessee State Tigers quarterback Demry Croft (7) drops back for a pass during Vanderbilt Commodores game against the Tennessee State Tigers at Vanderbilt Stadium, September 29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“He had some personal issues he’s dealing with so we allowed him to be off today,” Reed said. “Whenever that gets handled, we’ll see what happens.”

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School officials said they were aware a student-athlete was arrested but they would have no further comment on the matter, citing state and federal student privacy laws. The school added that the university “takes seriously any allegation of sexual misconduct that may affect our campus community.”

Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond.

He’s set to be arraigned Sept. 4.

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Tennessee State begins its football season on Aug. 31 against Mississippi Valley State.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.