East Tennessee State dismisses DB Jackson Trawick after arrest on statutory rape charge

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- East Tennessee State has dismissed defensive back Jackson Trawick from its team after his arrest on a statutory rape charge.

ETSU police say a 17-year-old told them she met Trawick at a Starbucks on Monday and went back to his apartment to watch movies when she says he raped her. Trawick told police he and the 17-year-old had consensual sex. Police told Trawick he was being charged with statutory rape because he is 23 and the girl is 17.

The Associated Press typically does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse.

ETSU athletic department director Richard Sander said that "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."

Trawick redshirted last season after transferring from Wingate.