MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – UW Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus was given a $5,000 signature bond in court Thursday morning.
The 20-year-old old football player is accused of sexual assault. In court on Aug. 23, his lawyers filed a motion to dismiss count two, which is second degree sexual assault of a person rendered incapable of giving consent. If convicted, Cephus would face up to 40 years in prison, a $100,000 fine or both.
Cephus is also facing a third degree sexual assault charge. If convicted of that charge, Cephus faces up to 10 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both.
Cephus denies the allegations. Kathleen Stilling, a criminal lawyer from Brookfield is representing Cephus in court and said that the complaint isn't completely accurate.
"I do want to remind everyone that a criminal complaint, and this criminal complaint, is a slanted, one-sided version of the events and we look forward to getting out all of the facts and clearing Quintez's name," Stilling said.
According to court documents released Thursday, the defense shared that it has surveillance footage showing the two alleged victims walking out of a Spring Street apartment at 2:30 a.m., and up and down flights of stairs, and then standing outside the apartment complex talking. In the motion to dismiss, the defense argues the two women did so "without difficulty" and "without demonstrating any signs of impairment."
The motion to dismiss also claims that the woman known in the criminal complaint as "Victim 2" sent a text message to Cephus at 3:14 a.m. asking him to check for her "juul," a vape instrument she had left behind.
The defense argues the text demonstrates she knew Cephus, his name and how to get in touch with him. They also say she ended the text with 'a heart and a "kiss" emoji, signifying positive feelings toward Cephus.'" One day later, she had claimed to police that she didn't remember meeting Cephus and that she had ran out of his apartment crying, the records show.
The criminal complaint released Monday by prosecutors reveals that the alleged "Victim 1" went to a local hospital emergency room at 4:33 a.m. and that she was "barely able to lift her head and she never even opened her eyes during the interview." In the complaint, she also described her friend, "Victim 2," as being "really drunk."
"Quintez is innocent, there were three people in that bedroom that night and all three of them know the truth and we want all of the facts to come out to establish the truth," Stilling said.
The criminal complaint mentioned a fourth person, Cephus' roommate and teammate Danny Davis, being present on the night that the alleged sexual assault occurred. When asked about the fourth person, Stilling and co-counsel Stephen Meyer wouldn't comment.
Cephus is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, Sept. 6.