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Arraignment waived in Brent Wilkerson assault case

Penn State tight end Brent Wilkerson tosses the ball around with teammates after the Wednesday, October 28, 2015 practice in Holuba Hall.
Penn State tight end Brent Wilkerson tosses the ball around with teammates after the Wednesday, October 28, 2015 practice in Holuba Hall. CDT photo

Penn State tight end Brent Wilkerson’s formal arraignment and preliminary hearing have been waived, according to documents from the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County.

Wilkerson, who was charged last month with a misdemeanor count of indecent assault and summary harassment, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. The preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for April 6, but was moved and then waived.

In the charging information for the case, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said the redshirt senior had “indecent contact with the complainant, caused the complainant to have indecent contact with the defendant or intentionally caused the complainant to come into contact with seminal fluid, urine or feces for the purpose of arousing sexual desire in the defendant or the complainant,” according to court documents.

An affidavit of the incident was obtained last month and detailed Wilkerson, after a night of drinking, allegedly inviting himself to the home of a 24-year-old female friend who was sober and lived in the same apartment complex.

The woman told police he eventually fell asleep on her bed, and “would not wake up,” and that she awoke 45 minutes later with Wilkerson pulling her to him, wearing only his underwear and undershirt.

According to the affidavit, the woman said she continued to tell him to stop, but the situation escalated with Wilkerson attempting to undress her, holding her neck and kissing her body. The woman said that at one point, Wilkerson exposed himself and began masturbating. She told police no actual intercourse occurred.

The police account in the affidavit said that his version of the alleged incident largely mirrors hers.

Wilkerson remains suspended from the football team and related activities.

No future court dates have yet been set. Penn State Athletics had no additional comment on the ongoing legal matter.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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