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VERMILLION, S.D. | Two University of South Dakota students were arrested Monday in connection with an Oct. 22 sexual assault. 

Danny Rambo Jr., 20, was charged Monday evening with second-degree rape, and Dale Williamson Jr., 21, was charged with attempted second-degree rape. Both have been booked into the Clay County Jail. 

According to a news release from the Vermillion Police Department, police on Wednesday began investigating a reported Oct. 22 sexual assault that occurred in an off-campus residence in Vermillion. Arrest warrants were issued Monday for the two men, who turned themselves in without incident.

Rambo, a junior, and Williamson, a sophomore, were both defensive backs on the USD Coyotes football team. Both have been suspended. 

Rambo was being held on $25,000 bond, and Williamson was being held on $20,000 bond. 

Police say the investigation into the incident is continuing. 

In an emailed statement, USD President James W. Abbott said the university is cooperating with Vermillion Police following the arrest. 

"This is a very troubling accusation, and University Police will assist the Vermillion investigation in any way possible," Abbott said. "The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students." 

Abbott said the university offers training to all students and staff about sexual assault prevention and how to respond when it's reported. 


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