Student, former Bucs football player arrested after reported statutory rape at ETSU

Jackson Trawick (Source: Washington County Detention Center)


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The public safety department at East Tennessee State University reports a student has been arrested in a statutory rape case.

ETSU police received a report of the incident around on 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Officials say a girl, who is 17 years old and not a student at ETSU, reported on Monday evening that she was sexually assaulted by 23-year-old Jackson Trawick, a student and former Bucs football player at ETSU.

According to ETSU Associate Director for Communications Mike White, Trawick was on the Bucs football team until Wednesday morning.

ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander released the following statement on Wednesday:

Any sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and is a violation of our athletic department’s policies and values. The player in question has been removed and is no long a member of our program.”

White said Trawick transferred from Wingate University in 2015 and this was his first year on the ETSU roster.

Trawick, a senior, registered last year, but wasn’t eligible to play yet because he was a transfer.

According to a police report, the victim told investigators the two met at Starbucks on Monday and then went back to the suspect’s Buccaneer Ridge Apartment. Police said the two were observed on camera entering Buccaneer Ridge and meeting in the parking lot behind the building. The girl told police she went to his apartment to watch movies and then the suspect force her to have sex.

The girl was observed on surveillance camera leaving the apartment alone. Police were later called to the emergency room at Franklin Woods to investigated a reported rape.

ETSU police talked to Trawick, who said the two talked for a few days on Tinder and met at Starbucks for coffee. He told police that they went back to his apartment and had consensual sex.

Police said Trawick was arrested for statutory rape since the victim is 17 years old.

The public safety department says it will continue to investigate.

In a separate incident, ETSU police said they received on Tuesday a report in regards to a forcible fondling/sexual assault that allegedly happened on Monday. The female student, who reported the incident involving a male student, said the student was an acquaintance and it happened in a vehicle in a residence hall parking lot area around 3 p.m. on Monday.

News Channel 11 is following this story. We’ll post more details as they become available.

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