Hearing rescheduled for EKU basketball player charged with rape

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - An EKU basketball player accused of rape was originally scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. However, jail officials tell WKYT that Jaylen Babb-Harrison, 23, posted bond and his court date has been rescheduled to next week.

Babb-Harrison is charged with first degree rape. He was arrested Sunday morning.

According to an arrest citation, police were called to Baptist Health Richmond ER to investigate a sexual assault. Police say the victim told them that she had been at Babb-Harrison's home and he had sex with her against her will.

Police say when they interviewed Babb-Harrison, he stated that the victim never said she wanted to have sex and did tell him to stop at one point. According to Babb-Harrison's citation, he admitted that he had crossed a line and should have stopped. He added that he "should be held accountable for his actions" and that he regretted his actions.

Babb-Harrison is a guard for the EKU men's basketball team. He is listed as a senior on the roster.

WKYT has reached out to EKU for comment. Leaders say they have been notified of the arrest and they released this statement on Sunday:

Eastern Kentucky University and the Department of Athletics are cooperating fully with the Richmond Police Department investigation. Jaylen Babb-Harrison is currently suspended from the EKU Men’s Basketball team pending further investigation.

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to the safety of all students and will enforce all laws, regulations and student conduct policies that deal with sexual assault. EKU provides a variety of support services for survivors of sexual violence and encourages reporting of crimes or misconduct to EKU or Richmond Police and the EKU Title IX office.