SMU football player arrested, accused of sexually assaulting child

SMU linebacker Brandon Henderson was arrested in Dallas on Thursday on charges of sexual assault of a child that took place on April 30, 2010. He will be transferred to Taylor County where the alleged crime took place. 

Henderson, a 20-year-old sophomore, has played for the SMU football team since the beginning of his freshman year and played 12 games as a true freshman. It is not clear if he will be suspended from the team for these allegations.

Henderson is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $50,000 bond. 

Brad Sutton, SMU’s associate athletics director for public relations and marketing, would not comment, stating, “SMU does not comment on student conduct matters because of federal student privacy laws and university policy.”

A court document obtained by The Daily Campus states that Henderson is facing two counts of sexual assault of a child. The first for intercourse and the second for penetration with a finger. 

The document mentions that the alleged victim was “under the age of 17” but does not specify her age. The court document also makes it unclear as to whether the two were in a relationship at the time, which would have been when Henderson was a senior at Abilene’s Cooper High School. 

The Dallas County Sheriffs office, who made the arrest, could not be reached for comment. 

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