USD Football Players Plead Not Guilty To Rape Charges

USD Football Players Plead Not Guilty To Rape Charges
Dale Williamson Jr., Danny Rambo Jr.

VERMILLION, S.D. — Two University of South Dakota football players who’ve been charged with rape and attempted rape in October made their court appearances today in Vermillion.

Danny Rambo Jr. and Dale Williamson Jr. plead not guilty to alleged rape and attempted rape charges.

Both were out on bond but Williamson is being held again. He recently turned himself in on additional rape charges from an incident last March.

According to police, a woman says Rambo and Williamson entered a bedroom where she was having consensual sex with another player and assaulted her Oct. 22 at the off-campus residence the three players shared.

Rambo, as a class 1 felony, could face up 50 years in the state penitentiary along with a $50,000 fine if convicted. Williamson also faces a class 1 felony and could serve 25 years plus a $25,000 fine for the October incident.

He also faces either a class 1 felony or a class 2 felony for the March incident and up to 75 years on all charges.

Trial court dates are set for April. It’s not determined if they’re joint or not as Rambo requested his be separate. Williamson also has another trial set in April for his additional charges.

Williamson’s defense attorney advocated for moving Williamson’s trial due to a demanding schedule.

Both Rambo and Williamson are still suspended from the football, but are currently enrolled at the university. Williamson isn’t able to attend class while on bond.

Judge Cheryle Gering reduced Williamson’s bond from $50,000 to $25,000.

Rambo is a junior defensive back from Texarkana, Texas. Williamson is a sophomore reserve defensive back from Donalsonville, Georgia.


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