Bond Set at $100,000 for Amir Riep, $75,000 for Jahsen Wint at Arraignment on Charges of Rape and Kidnapping

By Dan Hope on February 13, 2020 at 11:05 am
Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint

Bond was set at $100,000 for Amir Riep and $75,000 for Jahsen Wint during their arraignment on charges of rape and kidnapping at the Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday.

The two men, who were dismissed from the Ohio State football team on Wednesday after being charged and arrested on Tuesday, did not enter formal pleas during Thursday's arraignment, but both intend to plead not guilty, per their attorneys.

As conditions of their bond, which both men posted following Thursday's arraignment, Riep and Wint are ordered not to communicate with each other and the alleged victim, are prohibited from any social media communication to or about the victim and must not commit any violent acts. Both players also signed a temporary protection order, which prohibits contact with the victim, on Thursday.

Their preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. next Friday, Feb. 21. Attorneys for both men said their clients are not flight risks.

Wint's attorney, Sam Shamansky, said Wint has consented to a DNA swab and has “completely and honestly answered all questions asked of him.” 

“I can tell you based on what I know, and based on my client's alleged involvement, that once this case is fully reviewed, I'm going to submit that there was absolutely no crime committed,” Shamansky told the court. “Most rapists don't hang around, answer questions and then turn themselves in. The reason that Mr. Wint did all of those things is because he is most certainly not a rapist.”

Riep's attorney, Karl Schneider, told reporters after the arraignment that “certainly my hope is that he'll be exonerated.”

“This is a process, we go through a series of steps, but we're confident that that's the way it'll play out,” Schneider said. “But I'm not a lawyer that wants to give too many extrajudicial comments on trying the case in the media. We'll let 12 men and women decide that, if it gets that far.”

While Wint's attorney said his client has had “absolutely zero contact with the criminal justice system,” Riep was previously convicted of disorderly conduct in Hamilton County on June 22, 2018. 

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