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Listen to controversial comments about sexual assault that led to the resignation of USU leader

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The recording was mentioned in a lawsuit filed by a student at Wyoming State University.

(Utah State University) Pictured is former USU Sheriff Earl Morris, who resigned December 16, 2021.

Editor’s Note: This story discusses sexual assault. If you need to report or discuss a sexual assault, you can call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 888-421-1100.

An audio recording of a football team meeting at Wyoming State University this fall gained attention this week for Comments from the sheriff at the school and the city of Logan.

Audio, mentioned in a lawsuit filed by a student who reported that she was assaulted by a football player, taken by The Salt Lake Tribune. And since it became public, USU police chief Earl Morris has resigned.

Here’s an excerpt from a recording that’s about 24 minutes long.

USU director: LDS women can allege sexual assault because they feel ‘regret’

Morris has been criticized for his comments to the group regarding sexual assault. The sheriff asks every soccer player to make sure that when he has sex it’s consent – especially if he’s with a Latter-day Saint woman.

He suggests that LDS women will often tell their bishop, when asked about it, that sex is gratuitous because it is “easier.” They may “feel sorry,” he continued, for having premarital sex, which goes against teachings of faith about abstinence, so they’ll say it’s an attack.

“And if you’re not familiar with the Mormon community, guys, I’m here to tell you, the community of Latter-day Saints… young girls, they may have sex with you, but then they will leave. talk to their pastor, their bishop, their priest, whatever you want to call it,” Morris said.

Team members could be heard laughing and cheering at Morris’s comments.

The campus police chief then told the players that no matter what was prompted, if they were charged with assault, his officers were forced to investigate. And, he added, “cards are stacked against you from the moment that happens.” He also noted that there is no tolerance for sexual assault.

Attempts to reach Morris were unsuccessful on Thursday.

Head of Logan: ‘Ask a Friend’

Before USU police chief made comment on the sexual assault, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen urged the team to work with his officers and not request a search warrant if officers to say goodbye to a noisy party.

And if they find themselves struggling, he says, they can text him to “ask a friend.”

Jensen did not comment on the recordings for The Tribune.

Head of Logan: ‘Help Us Help You’

Jensen also told the team that he wants the players to “play well” and is committed to “working with you to the best of our ability.”

“So help us help you,” he said, “stay on the football team. Go to the NFL. Whatever your end goal is”.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/12/16/listen-controversial/ Listen to controversial comments about sexual assault that led to the resignation of USU leader

Yasmin Harisha

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