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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Iowa State football player suspended following arrest

An Iowa State football player has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after he was arrested for sexual abuse and domestic assault. 

According to jail records, 20-year-old Aidan Ralph, a 6′ 2″, 220-pound Redshirt Sophomore linebacker, was booked into the Story County Jail Wednesday. 

Court Documents state the charges stem from a December 2022 incident involving his girlfriend of three years. The criminal complaint against Ralph alleges he came to his apartment in the 600 block of S 17th St. in the early morning hours of December 3, and Ralph and the victim began arguing. Ralph accused the victim of cheating on him, and the argument got physical. Ralph admitted to police that he shoved her into a set of stairs, causing swelling and pain. The impact caused what was later identified as a stress fracture to her spine, causing “great pain and visible swelling.” The victim removed her pants to examine the injuries after Ralph refused to call for medical help. That’s when Ralph allegedly forced himself onto her and sexually assaulted the victim.

According to the complaint, despite the victim’s repeated pleas to stop, and her verbal cries of anguish, he “physically flipped her over so that she was facing away from Ralph so that he could not see her crying.” The complaint states at this time, he allegedly again didn’t attempt to render aid; instead, he continued to rape her again. He also attempted to get the victim to perform oral sex on him, but she refused. 

Ralph has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse – sexual assault with an object and domestic assault with injury – AGG/FEL Assault, according to jail records.

As of the time of this article, Ralph is being held on a $11,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case on May 15.



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