GREENWOOD, W.Va.West Virginia outside linebacker d’Vante Henry was arrested Wednesday on charges of second-degree sexual assault. Mountaineer football coach Dana Holgorsen has already said he’s no longer a member of the team. 

North Central Regional Jail

WVU junior linebacker d’Vante Henry was arrested on second-degree sexual assault charges Wednesday.

A booking officer at the North Central Regional Jail confirmed the charges to MetroNews and said Henry had not posted bail—which was set at $100,000—as of 1 a.m. Thursday.

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.”

Holgorsen subsequently said 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.

Following his arrest Wednesday, Henry was no longer listed on the Mountaineers’ online roster.

Coach Holgorsen released a statement Thursday morning:

D’Vante Henry had been indefinitely suspended from game participation. 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, Sept. 8. 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.

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  • Bc

    They all need a chance. If I remember right a kid named Bruce was a troubled kid too and we took a chance on him.

  • Ryan

    It's true. You all are hillbillies.

  • WVinFL

    Bad guys are bad guys not matter what they do for a living....Not sure what other baggage this guy carries but can't say the coaches should have predicted this alledged behavior....
    WV's law

    Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree

    A person is guilty of sexual abuse in the second degree when:

    •The offender engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion without the victim’s consent by using forced participation.
    •The offender engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is physically helpless. This includes physically helpless victims, acquaintance rape, drug facilitated rape and victims who are intoxicated.

  • tw eagle

    I guess Mr henry's personal problems didn't get worked out . . .sad that it took a turn for
    the courtroom . . .with the period of time that
    this has taken to transpire , i'd have to guess
    the differences were of the $ sort. . .sadly ,
    Mr Henry got hooked before his teammates
    could clue him in on the who and where to
    do and go . . .


    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? How often do girls retract sexual assault charges? This guy is getting written off on the word of some girl...I hope the accusations are credible if they're doing this. Wonder if this was the personal issue that kept him from practicing.

  • Luke

    A three star linebacker, Allan? How does he rank on the criminal scale? I am sure that will be important in judging his innocence or guilt.

  • pghmountaineer

    I meant to type RD. Sorry about that.

  • pghmountaineer

    Thanks Rob. I know that a program can only do so much then it's up to the individual to behave responsibly.

  • RD

    What kind of name starts with a lower case letter?

  • careb

    Not agreeing or disagreeing with any comments ... just wondering what happened to innocent til proven guilty? Just saying...

  • C

    What was the extent of the crime. Was it considered forcible rape or does anyone know at this point? On the flip side of the above conversations, what about the girl. Was she an innocent bi-standard, drunk and didn't realize what she did or just look to take advantage of an athlete? He is innocent until proven guilty but these cases usually don't go too well for the accused.

  • Frazier

    Come on now.....what it's going on with these kids? my son is a red shirted soph and there have been 4 major arrests that I know of with jail time since he got there. sad that wvu isn't only campus this is going on at.

  • Crystal

    Doesn't matter where you're from....ghetto is a state of mind. Irrelevant, though. Sometimes you can predict when a kid is going to be a problem, and sometimes, you can't. Even white suburban kids get charged with sexual assault. It happens.

    • RD

      Oh, it matters where you're from...


    Wow...we are falling apart as a fan base just because one of our Football players is in jail for raping someone, I believe we need to check ourselves a little-- Jesus looks at your heart and if you have had lust in it you are capable of such things and the Victim should be our concern. We should be concerned about what are youth is thinking and seeing ( knowledge of Good & Evil- its about choices) You look for the light or stay in the dark... both parties need our help and love get involved. Let's Gooooooo!!! Mountaineeeeeeeers!!!!!

  • 2XLPatriot

    Actions and character are more qualifiers to be labeled as a thug. Race has nothing to do with it whatsoever. There are good and bad in all colors but for some reason, certain people feel the need to automatically claim racism when the quality of ones character is brought into question. I know more "White trash", "Welfare Bums" and "Creepy a$$ Crackers" and I'm white. Does that make me racist? Racism is a two way street and some folks need to get off the road!