MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia outside linebacker d’Vante Henry already was facing team disciplinary issues even before Wednesday night’s arrest for sexual assault led to his dismissal.

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WVU junior linebacker d’Vante Henry was dismissed from the team Thursday, a day after being arrested on second-degree sexual assault charges.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Thursday that Henry—after being charged with second-degree sexual assault—is no longer a member of the team, ending a two-month run with the squad.

“D’Vante Henry had been indefinitely suspended from game participation,” Holgorsen said. “There was strict parameters put in place that he had to abide by in order to play next season. The allegations made against him are troubling and very serious. He is no longer a Mountaineer.”

The criminal complaint filed by a Monongalia County sheriff’s deputy said the alleged assault happened last Sunday. A deputy took the complaint from a woman who was a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

“The female stated that a male subject identified as Dvante M. Henry had entered her room in the early morning hours and physically forced her to engage in sexual intercourse with him,” the criminal complaint said.

The complaint went on to say the woman told Henry to stop but he refused. Henry was questioned by the deputy and said the sex was consensual.

A three-star junior college signee from Arizona Western College who played his high school ball in Moore, Okla., Henry arrived at WVU in July but did not practice during preseason camp, at which point coach Dana Holgorsen said the player was “dealing with personal issues.”

In late August Holgorsen announced Henry planned to redshirt this season.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Henry—who signed with West Virginia over offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Iowa State and Utah—was projected to play the Spur linebacker and thought to be an integral piece of the Mountaineers’ 28-man 2013 signing class that ranked No. 25 nationally according to Rivals.

Henry became the second member of the defense to be kicked off the team within the past seven weeks. Sophomore defensive lineman Korey Harris was dismissed in July after being charged with first-degree armed robbery following a break-in on Sturgis Street.


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  • Ragweed

    Something sounds fishy here. Sex in the hospital? Maybe so, but could this woman not scream or do something to alert the staff? Maybe she was enjoying it too much.

    I know this kid has had his problems, but this sounds like a setup to me.

  • Matt

    I thought DeForest had hostesses to have secks with players?

  • FungoJoe

    At 6' 5" and a felony charge against you, I'm sure Bob Thuggins will find a spot on his team for you. Can he make a 3-pointer??

    • Barry

      Agreed FungoJoe, those are the kinds of guys Huggins is looking for.

  • William

    Can someone get me A JOB!! I have GREAT CHARACTER! I'm gonna be Built Ford Tough this weekend :p. Great Article Allan, miss your face call me honey!!

  • WV07

    Why do these young men put themselves in stupid situations with everything to gain?.......A free education,an opportunity to play major college football, and a better life after blows my mind.

  • Non union dude

    Hood rat Bubba Waiting wit Joe C Ferrel lol

  • Fentanyl Bomb

    "He is no longer a Mountaineer."

    Thats it. Enough said. See ya wouldn't wanna d'V ya.

    Now it is in the Prosecutor's hands.

    Only one victim here.

  • Tom

    Having sex in the hospital??? And with a patient???

    • Eric

      Wow, Tom.

    • WVWho

      She was there after the event...

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    Good, enjoy life in excuses.

  • chad

    Glad to see Dana acted swiftly on this one and didn't give any of the "wait for the legal process b.s."