Two Former WSU Players Face Charges
Jun. 25, 1999
OGDEN, Utah (AP) _ Two former starters on the Weber State basketball team pleaded innocent Friday to charges of sexual assault.
Damien Baskerville, 21, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony. Noel Jackson, 23, was charged with rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
If convicted of the first-degree felony they could face life in prison. A second-degree conviction could result in 15 years in jail.
Defense attorney Robert V. Phillips convinced 2nd District Judge W. Brent West to reduce bail from $20,000 to $10,000, arguing that the men had known about the possibility of charges being filed for two months and had not fled.
A preliminary hearing was set for Tuesday before Judge Pamela Heffernan.
A Roy woman who had previously dated both men, told police that on April 11 she met Baskerville and Jackson at a night club. The woman drove to an apartment of one of the men.
Detective Danielle Croyle said sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., Jackson held the woman down as Baskerville raped her. The woman's leg was bruised as Jackson held her down, according to Croyle's probable cause statement.
The statement says that Jackson admitted to restraining the woman, who went to police April 17.
Baskerville, a three-year starter, was a first team All-Big Sky selection in his sophomore and junior seasons. He was the conference's leading scorer, averaging 18.5 points his sophomore year, then a knee injury forced him to miss the final eight games of the season.
Last season was Jackson's first as a starter for WSU. He averaged 11 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.