Reports: Grand jury indicts Arizona DE Turner

Updated: May 20, 2008, 9:52 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

A University of Arizona defensive end has been indicted by a grand jury on a sexual assault charge, according to media reports.

A Pima County grand jury indicted Johnathan Turner, 23, on Friday in connection with an incident alleged to have taken place April 3, sheriff's deputies said.

According to the reports, a woman reported that she fell asleep after drinking alcohol at a party and awoke to find Turner sexually assaulting her.

According to court documents, the woman pushed Turner away and went into a bedroom to tell a friend about the assault. Turner followed her and told her friends that she was "tripping out" and that he was just "cuddling" with her.

The woman's friends took her to a nearby hospital, where police were called, according to the reports.

The Tucson Citizen reported that it could not reach Turner for comment. However, his attorney, Richard Martinez, asked that Turner not be judged before the facts are known.

"It is an extremely difficult time for him," Martinez said, according to the Citizen. "He is caught in a situation where I know everybody is going to prejudge him, and that shouldn't be the case until all the details are known. ... Once the whole story is out there will be a different opinion."

"Obviously we are aware of the situation and we are going to let the judicial system obviously take its course," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said.

Stoops said he had not yet discussed Turner's playing status with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood.

"We will discuss what is best for all parties and make some type of decision this week," Stoops said, according to the report. "We are going to leave him on scholarship and let him continue to work on his education ... He is going to work out on his own."