Fired UC Football Employee's Attorney: Ft. Mitchell Kroger Was Scene of "Consensual Dancing of a Rhythmic Nature"
The man fired from the University of Cincinnati football program after being charged with sexual abuse stemming from an allegation that he exposed and placed his penis on a 73-year old employee at the Ft. Mitchell Kroger believes he was fired prematurely.
Antrione Archer, 28, was arrested in June after the alleged incident took place in May, but news of his arrest only made headlines on Tuesday after the university terminated him from his position as director of player development.
Northern Kentucky attorney James Noll is representing Archer, who is expected at a pre-trial conference on Monday, and issued a statement on Wednesday.
"The university had an obligation to follow their own policies and procedures before making the decision to terminate Mr. Archer," Noll said in a statement. Archer is appealing the termination and is requesting up to a 60-day leave to resolve the issues pending in Kenton District Court.
Noll called the allegations "non-criminal, but embarrassing" and requested that Archer be granted a deferred prosecution diversion on condition of counseling and community service. The attorney describes surveillance footage of Archer and the Kroger employee as showing the pair engaging in "consensual close conversation" in the pharmacy aisles, and then engaging in "consensual dancing of a rhythmic nature".
Noll contends that Archer answered Ft. Mitchell detectives' questions freely and that his client was never read his Miranda rights. "When charged, (Archer) voluntarily turned himself in, and posted bond. He looks forward to having the issue resolved, and regrets any embarrassment the publicity has caused his family and the University of Cincinnati and the UC Cincinnati Bearcat Football program,” Noll said.
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