Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was arrested Tuesday and accused of serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Vick, the 19-year-old brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Hokies star Michael Vick, faces four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He's free on a $2,500 bond.
He could face up to four years in jail.
Vick's roommates, Hokies tailback Mike Imoh and wide receiver Brenden Hill, were charged with three misdemeanors for allegedly serving the girls alcohol last month. Both also were arrested Tuesday and released after posting the same bond, authorities said.
The charges stem from a gathering at the apartment the players share.
According to an affidavit, the girls told police they were given vodka and rum to drink while at the apartment on Jan. 27, and that a roommate of Vick took pictures of them as they "danced and stripped from their clothing." At some point, the affidavit said, two girls claimed Vick had sex with their 15-year-old friend in his bedroom.
State law allows a person who has consensual sex with a child 15 or older to be charged with a misdemeanor. Convictions for contributing to the delinquency of a minor are punishable by a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine for each count.
There also could be sanctions from the university.
Under the school's Comprehensive Action Plan governing the conduct of its athletes, players are not automatically suspended from a team for misdemeanor charges. But a conviction would trigger a review by athletic director Jim Weaver.
He would determine the severity of the sanctions to be levied against the athlete, ranging from suspension for a given time to dismissal from the team.
Weaver said Tuesday night he plans to let the case run its legal course.
"I'm going to operate within the guidelines of the Comprehensive Action Plan," he said when reached at home by The Roanoke Times. "I'm not commenting before the legal system takes its action."
Vick's attorney, Marc Long, and Imoh's attorney, Christopher Tuck, declined comment. Hill has no attorney of record.
Vick, a redshirt freshman last season, saw extensive playing time in the second half of the season, sharing duties with starting quarterback Bryan Randall. Hokies coach Frank Beamer planned to use both quarterbacks again next season.
Imoh, a junior, was one of the nation's top kick returners. Hill, a redshirt sophomore, was a high school teammate of Vick's.
Good thing for him that 15 isn't statutory rape in Virginia.
How "consensual" is sex after you gave alcohol to 15 year old. How can anybody legally give consent to anything when they're impaired. No matter the age. If the allegations are true it's rape. To the state of Virgina, it's the 21st century.
I've heard from some people at Tech that Vick and his friends met the girls at a club in Blacksburg that's only for 18 and older. If three girls I met at a club wanted to go home with me, checking IDs would probably not be the first thing on my mind.
Of course, all the "18 and over" clubs in the Chapel Hill area are filled with high school students with fake IDs. Vick probably should have been more careful.
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