Former Ohio State players accused of rape appear in court for first time, bond set

A Franklin County (Ohio) judge set bond Thursday during the first court appearances for two former Ohio State University football players accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into sex.

Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, appeared before Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner Thursday morning.

Ebner set bond at $100,000 for Riep and at $75,000 for Wint and ordered both to have no contact with the victim or each other. Ebner also told both men they were to make no comments on social media regarding the victim.

Riep and Wint were arrested overnight Tuesday after warrants were filed for charges of rape and kidnapping. According to court records and Columbus police, the 19-year-old female victim had been hanging out with Riep on Feb. 4 in an apartment Riep and Wint shared on the Northwest Side.

Photos provided by the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff show Jahsen Wint, left, and Amir I. Riep, right. Police say two Ohio State University football players have been charged with rape and kidnapping. (Photo: AP)

During Thursday’s court hearing, officials said the video recording has been recovered by police.

The victim was in court Thursday for the pair’s initial appearance.

Riep, who is from the Cincinnati area, and Wint, from Brooklyn, New York, were junior backup defensive backs on Ohio State’s 2019 team. Riep had two interceptions last season. With Shaun Wade the only returning starter in the secondary, both Riep and Wint were expected to be in the mix for starting jobs in 2020.

Following the pair’s arrest, coach Ryan Day dismissed both players from the team on Wednesday saying in part they had failed to live up to the standards of Day and the program.

Attorneys for both men have said they have been wrongly accused and maintain their innocence.

During Wint’s court appearance, Samuel Shamansky, Wint’s attorney, said Wint has consented to a DNA swab in the case and answered questions from police.

“There was absolutely no crime committed,” Shamansky said.

The cases will next be heard by a grand jury for potential indictment.

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