EKU Basketball Player Arrested on Rape Charges


RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- An Eastern Kentucky University basketball player, Jaylen Babb-Harrison was arrested Saturday morning and charged with first degree rape.

Babb-Harrison is a senior at EKU. He is a guard/wing on the team, which just won a game Saturday night.

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An EKU spokesperson says the University was notified of the arrest and Babb-Harrison will be suspended from the team pending further investigation.

EKU released this statement:

Eastern Kentucky University and the Department of Athletics are cooperating fully with the Richmond Police Department investigation. Jaylen Babb-Harrison is currently suspended from the EKU Men’s Basketball team pending further investigation.

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to the safety of all students and will enforce all laws, regulations and student conduct policies that deal with sexual assault. EKU provides a variety of support services for survivors of sexual violence and encourages reporting of crimes or misconduct to EKU or Richmond Police and the EKU Title IX office.

Babb-Harrison is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.