Smith plans to appeal suspension

Sophomore tailback was arrested on tentative sexual assault charge; investigation is ongoing

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Wisconsin sophomore Dwayne Smith plans to appeal his suspension stemming from his arrest on tentative charges of being party to the crime of second degree sexual assault, The Capital Times reported Tuesday.


"The only thing I can say is he is completely innocent of any sexual assault charge," Smith's lawyer, Charles Giesen, told the paper.


Smith was suspended indefinitely from the Badger football team Monday as a result of the arrest. Under the terms of the University's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, Smith can appeal to a five-person committee, which can amend his suspension as it deems appropriate.


Smith was released from Dane County Jail Monday on signature bond. Another man who is not a UW-student, Anwar Jones, 22, was also charged in the case and remained in custody Tuesday night on $2,000 cash bail.


Initial hearings for Smith and Jones continue to be scheduled for March 4.


A Madison police spokesman said Tuesday that the department's investigation was ongoing and that no additional information would be released due to the sensitive nature of the case, aside from what was already made available Monday.


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