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Former WVU football recruit not guilty of sexual assault, still faces burglary charge

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A jury of six men and six women found former WVU football player not guilty Friday on a sexual assault charge.

The panel acquired Vincent Chukwudi-Okoli, 19, of Germantown, Maryland, on second degree sexual assault.

Jurors deliberated through the day Friday, and at one point were reminded of an Allen charge by Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Cindy Scott when an impasse was reported. The Allen charge are instructions given to a hung jury urging them to reach a verdict.

Judge Scott also rejected a request to rehear testimony, telling the panel they would have to rely on memory.

Chukwudi-Okoli remains in custody on a burglary charge, but will be released if he is able to post a $10,000 bond.

Chukwudi-Okoli, a member of the 2020 recruiting class did not play for the team and entered the transfer portal in March of 2021.

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