PRESS RELEASE, 8/28/2012

Hamilton Prosecutor Deters announces Grand Jury decision in case involving former Xavier University basketball player Dezmine Wells

 

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the Hamilton County Grand Jury heard the case alleging sexual assault against former Xavier University basketball player Dezmine Wells.  After hearing all of the evidence, the Hamilton County Grand Jury ignored the case.

 

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We always take allegations of this nature very seriously.  I assigned senior assistant prosecutors to this case to review all of the evidence and to conduct a complete presentation to the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

 

After this office conducted an independent review of all of the evidence, it was presented to a Grand Jury yesterday.  The Grand Jury declined to charge Dezmine Wells with any criminal offense.

 

I have nothing but the greatest respect for Xavier University, and in particular Fr. Graham.  I would sincerely hope the institution would revisit this situation.