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Ferris hockey player charged with sexual assault

Darren Smith is accused of sexual assault against another student.

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Ferris State University hockey player was charged with multiple counts of sex crimes after a reported sexual assault.

Darren Smith, 23, from Barrie, Ontario, was arraigned Friday on three counts of criminal sexual conduct, first-degree with injury to an incapacitated person.

Smith is accused of assaulting a female student, according to a statement from Ferris.

The statement said the alleged assault happened off-campus during the night of July 7, morning of July 8.

Bond for Smith was set at 10 percent of $75,000, which he posted.

Smith was released from jail but has to wear a GPS tether.

He is expected in court at 9 a.m. July 24 for a probable cause hearing.

Below is the full statement from Ferris:

Ferris State University has been made aware of an allegation of a sexual assault of a female student. The incident reportedly occurred at an off-campus location during the late-evening, early-morning hours of July 7-8. A male student was arrested as part of the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety investigation. The University takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously and thoroughly investigates each case. A commitment to maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our highest priority.




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