Former student athlete charged with sexual abuse

Police say 22-year-old Carlton Thompson and his girlfriend were arguing outside her dorm when the victim claims the former wrestler became violent.

“According to her, he actually ripped some of her clothing off…and then tied her up with some TV cable that was in the car,” said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

In fact, the victim told police that Thompson held her against her will for up to four hours.

“When she says she was able to talk him down…and he released her. Then she came down on the third (Sept. 3) and reported the crime to police,” said Bird.

The alleged victim waited until the next day to tell police, but police say it’s not all that uncommon in cases like this for the victim to wait.

“Sometimes it’s not necessarily a good thing. But she was scared, when she came to the police station she was scared,” said Bird.

The victim took out an EPO on Thompson and he was served. But police say it didn’t take long for him to violate it.

“Within 30 minutes, he violated it by sending her text messages and leaving voice mails,” said Bird.

Thompson was arrested on campus and lodged in jail where he remains on a $25,000 cash bond on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment.

The University of the Cumberlands released the following statement about the allegations:

“A former University of the Cumberlands student is facing charges after he allegedly held a University of the Cumberlands (UC) student against her will. After learning of the incident from the student involved, the Williamsburg Police Dept. was contacted for their assistance. UC is cooperating with local officials in this ongoing investigation.”

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