MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former West Virginia football recruit d’Vante Henry received five years’ probation and a suspended prison sentence Monday afternoon, two months after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse.

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2013 West Virginia football signee d’Vante Henry, who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse, received five years’ probation.

Monongalia Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges, Jr. delivered the sentencing, which could have ranged up to five years in prison.

Henry, originally of Moore, Okla., signed with West Virginia in February 2013 as an outside linebacker from Arizona Western Community College, where he attracted offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Iowa State and Utah. Though Henry reported to campus that summer, he never practiced with the Mountaineers during fall camp, at which point coach Dana Holgorsen said Henry was dealing with personal issues.

Henry was arrested on charges of second-degree assault after a Sept. 8, 2013, criminal complaint filed with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department claimed that he entered a woman’s room in the early morning hours and physically forced her to engage in sexual intercourse.

Henry was dismissed from the team and pleaded guilty in February to the lesser charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

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Comments

  • WVU-Fan4Life

    I wonder how many other women he has abused or raped in his lifetime?

  • WVU FAN

    This kid needs help... who here wants to help this kid, anybody? ...I didn't thinks so, we are to hurt by his actions and we do what we do best ; throwing stones.... (we are to busy to help these kids.... Victim or Henry) Hurt people hurt other people....

    We as a society have failed him and the girl.....

    Sad day no matter where you are.....

    I am mad....

    • Chalkdust

      Here's what we don't NEED..... another bleeding heart liberal feeling sorry for the criminal. What we really NEED is a football coach that'll stop importing mid-west, neer'do wells into our state on the taxpayers dime.

    • MtneerinOhio

      Let us know any updates on the young man and his victim once you have been able to help them.

    • Larry

      His mother and father certainly failed him by not teaching him right from wrong and how to respect women.

    • Lonnie Stuart

      How have "we" failed him?

    • Jeremy

      The way you help someone that rapes another person is to put them behind bars. He is a very lucky man and I hope he realizes that.

    • Inside Out

      So...what are you doing to help these two?

  • TB

    Same prosecutor's office than normally plea bargains involved cases. Great work Judge Clawges.

  • Say What

    Given the fact that the adult woman's name is/was never disclosed is most likely the reason for d'Vante weak sentence. Had this case actually went the distance, her name, address,etc. would have been made public.

  • pghmountaineer

    Allen, I agree.

  • Allen

    He should have went to FSU. He would still be playing. Ask Winston.

    At least WVU kicks these types off the team.

    • donn

      well said ty im glad im not only one thinking that

  • 1olewvufan

    This is BS!!!

    However, the same just happened in Texas, and the female judge in Texas stated the 14-year old girl was asking for it.

    Our justice system is going to the dogs.

  • michelle

    Disgusting! So let him off easy so he knows next time around he can get away with it. Does he have to register as a sex offender? And how often will he be checked on? Get him the hell out of WV.

  • Ryan Lawn

    Allan,

    Are you going to write how ridiculous this is? We need people with a voice to speak out!

  • JohnV

    This sounds like RAPE to me....

    "Henry was arrested on charges of second-degree assault after a Sept. 8, 2013, criminal complaint filed with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department claimed that he entered a woman’s room in the early morning hours and physically forced her to engage in sexual intercourse."

    Probation...man I thought we had tougher laws than this one.

  • Tom

    5 years probation for rape is utterly ridiculous!!! Monongalia County Court system should be ashamed of this ruling. What was the judge thinking???

  • Ken

    My family, he'd be dead.

    • Retired Charlie

      Same here Ken, Me or a relative would be in jail, but he would be dead.

  • Leroy

    Wow what a plea bargain .feel sorry for the victim .no justice!

  • David

    Probation for RAPE?

    Are you kidding?

  • pat

    Hopefully the probation can be served in Oklahoma. He should be in jail. Come on WV judge!

    • Dave

      Definitely should be in jail.

    • Allan Taylor

      Without knowing the full details of the incident, it's possible probation and suspended jail term might have been a condition of Henry's plea bargain.

      • LDB

        The sentence would still be wrong. He should be in jail!