Arrest warrant issued for former USU football player suspected of Valentine’s rape

LOGAN — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Utah State football player suspected of raping a woman Valentine’s night.

The $20,000 warrant is for Lamar Anthony Dawson. The 23-year-old was charged in 1st District Court Tuesday with one count of rape, a first-degree felony. He was last known to be living at an apartment near 1025 North 130 West.

According to a police report, late on the evening of February 14th Dawson exchanged multiple text messages with a Logan woman, who he had returned a speaker to earlier. During the exchanges, the woman admitted several times to being very intoxicated.

The woman later texted Dawson that he could come over to “cuddle,” but not to expect anything more because she was “not in the right mindset to make that decision.”

Dawson arrived at the apartment later and was seen by the woman’s roommate, cuddling with the alleged victim on her bed.

The victim could only remember various moments during the alleged sexual assault, including Dawson raping her. She couldn’t remember how he had gotten there.

Police later determined that the victim had a blood alcohol level of around .20, after earlier taking a mix of prescription medication and alcohol. They also found DNA evidence on her bed sheets and a bag of used paper towels.

The next morning, the woman texted Dawson, asking if they had sex the night before. He repeatedly denied it, claiming they had only kissed and went to sleep.

The police report states that when detectives spoke with Dawson, he admitted to having sex. He said he lied about it previously because he was afraid the victim was trying to “pin” something on him.

Dawson continued to deny though that the victim was so drunk that she didn’t know what she was doing. He claimed that she initiated sex and “jumped on top” of him.

Police officers were unable to locate Dawson Tuesday. They claim he was suspended from the Aggies and may have moved back home to Chicago, Illinois.

Dawson was a member of the USU football team last season as a red-shirt sophomore. He is not listed on the current team roster.

The warrant comes just days after another former USU football player Torrey Green was sentenced to 26 years to life at the Utah State Prison for raping five women and sexually assaulting a sixth.

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