SEMO track and field athlete charged with first degree rape

SEMO track and field athlete charged with first degree rape or attempted rape

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A Southeast Missouri State University track and field athlete, Michael Jenkins, was arrested and charged with first degree rape on Sunday, March 28.

He is being held at Cape Girardeau County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Jenkins, 19, is accused of raping a woman at a party on February 7.

According to court documents, the victim reported the assault at a hospital where a sexual assault kit was conducted.

Jenkins was reportedly arrested after competing in the 2021 Ole Miss Classic on March 27, in Oxford, Mississippi.

Kathy Harper, the University Communication Director, stated that when university officials became aware of the arrest warrant, they worked with the Cape Girardeau Police Department to arrange for the student-athlete to be taken into custody.

Jenkins has been suspended from athletics teams pending the results of the investigation.

On February 18, a unnamed petitioner was granted a temporary order of protection, also known as an Ex Parte order of protection, against Jenkins for stalking and adult abuse, until a full order of protection, or restraining order, was granted on March 18.

According to court documents, Southeast Missouri State University and their security were informed of the Ex Parte order on March 2.

It is unknown if the order is connected at this time.

This incident comes a few weeks after students protested sexual violence at the university, and a few months after Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Carlos Vargas responded to an online petition about sexual violence on campus.

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