Former USC football player acquitted on sex charges

Former USC football player acquitted on sex charges

A jury found a former University of South Carolina football player and a second man not guilty Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in North Charleston in 2012, according to the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Jarriel King and Arthur Denson-Holmes were acquitted by a jury on Thursday afternoon.

The pair were arrested in February, 2012, for an alleged sexual assault at a townhouse where King had been staying at the time. According to the incident report, King and the other man had been drinking liquor and smoking marijuana with the alleged victim, who later laid down on a bed after complaining of feeling dizzy. The alleged victim told police that was when the two men assaulted her.

King and Holmes were charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct. After posting bond on the charges, King, a former star player at USC, posted on Twitter, "I'm celibate." 

King, a North Charleston native, is an offensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He had been on the Seattle Seahawks, but was released from the NFL team in March, 2012, after his arrest in Charleston. 

King attended Georgia Military School after being declared academically ineligible to play for the Gamecocks, but later transferred to USC where he played offensive tackle. The New York Giants signed him to a three-year, $1.9 million contract as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but then waived him and he was picked up by Seattle.

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