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Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleads not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy
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Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleads not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy
Thursday February 26th, 2015

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

A judge released Jones to home incarceration and set his cash bond at $25,000 after Jones appeared in court on Thursday. Two others, Tyvon Walker and Jalen Tilford, were arrested and charged in the incident, according to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office.

Walker was charged with one count of rape and held on $75,000 bond. Tilford is charged with one count of rape and one count of sodomy. His bail is set at $100,000.

You can view a copies of Jones' arrest warrants here. (WARNING: Contains graphic content.) 

According to the warrant, Jones is accused of forcing one alleged victim to engage in vaginal and anal intercourse. The woman was able to identify Jones because she recognized him as a University of Louisville basketball player. She also said that Jones told her his name. 

A second warrant states that Jones, and two other individuals, allegedly forced the second victim to have oral and vaginal intercourse. She also identified Jones from the basketball team.

The alleged incidents both occurred on Sunday, according to the warrant. 

In a separate incident on Feb. 17, Jones had reportedly threatened a female student in a text message, according to a Louisville police report, saying he would "smack" her after she "messed up" his room. The woman did not want Jones to be prosecuted.

Jones was suspended from the Louisville program on Feb. 17. He returned to the team two days later and played 36 minutes and scored 17 points in the Cardinals' 55-53 victory over Miami. 

Jones was dismissed from Louisville's basketball program on Sunday. No reason was given for Jones’ dismissal at the time, but Louisville said in a statement released Thursday that Jones had been dismissed when it learned that he had "violated a curfew and there were other accusations, without knowing specifics." 

Louisville said they can't comment because of the ongoing investigation and will cooperate with authorities in the matter. 

"While Chris is no longer a member our team, we understand that the charges are very serious," the statement said. "We certainly expect our student-athletes to uphold certain standards, including their treatment of others."

Jones, a senior, was the team’s third-leading scorer (13.6 points per game) and leader in assists (94) this season.

- Scooby Axson

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