Sanchez investigated for sexual assault

Mark Sanchez was arrested at his Cardinal Gardens apartment Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of sexual assault. The alleged incident took place earlier in the day (approx 12:30am) and it involved another USC student who later reported it to police. Sanchez was taken to LAPD's Parker Center and bail was set at $200,000.

Statement from USC head football coach Pete Carroll:

"We're just learning about this. We'll cooperate fully and do whatever we can to assist. At this point, this is being handled by the University's Student Affairs office and we'll follow along with whatever action the university takes."

Statement from USC's Michael Jackson, Vice President, Student Affairs:

"We've heard of an allegation of sexual assault against USC student Mark Sanchez. We are waiting for the LAPD to provide us with a report. We will of course cooperate fully with the investigation of this matter.

"The university takes charges of sexual assault seriously. Depending on the facts as established by the LAPD, we will determine the appropriate action. In the interim, the student will be placed on interim suspension while the case is pending."

According to the LA Times, USC officials said it was too early to determine whether Sanchez's eligibility for the 2006 season, which begins Sept. 2 at Arkansas, would be jeopardized by a suspension. Spring semester classes conclude Friday and final exams are May 3-10.

Click here to read LA Times story on Sanchez arrest


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