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Details emerge in Brent Wilkerson assault charges

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

Additional information has been obtained regarding the charges filed against Penn State senior tight end Brent Wilkerson.

Wilkerson was charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent assault and summary harassment on March 8, after an incident that occurred in February. He was subsequently suspended from all team activities.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a 24-year-old female friend of Wilkerson told State College police that the incident occurred at her Waupelani Drive apartment early in the morning.

The woman said the incident happened after some friends spent the evening in at least three bars in downtown State College. According to the affidavit, the woman drove Wilkerson and his roommate home because she was sober.

Wilkerson subsequently invited himself to her home in the same apartment complex, according to the affidavit. The woman said he eventually fell asleep on her bed, and “would not wake up.”

The woman told police that she awoke 45 minutes later with Wilkerson pulling her to him, wearing only his underwear and undershirt.

"What are you doing...stop!" she said, according to the court documents.

She told police he said, “I know...I know.”

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.

We are aware of the charges against Mr. Wilkerson. He has been suspended indefinitely from all football and team activities until we have more information. We will not have any additional comment as this is an ongoing legal matter.

Statement from Penn State Athletics

The woman said that actual intercourse never occurred. She reported the incident to police the same day. According to court documents, Officer Eric Lesher photographed bruising on both sides of her neck.

In a March 1 interview, State College police met with Wilkerson, who admitted to a “cordial relationship” with the woman, which was “not romantic,” according to the affidavit.

His account, according to the report, largely mirrors hers.

“I have no idea, I guess I took it too far,” he said, blaming his drinking, according to police.

Police asked if she ever told him “No,” and say Wilkerson answered that she did.

Detective Dave Scicchitano showed Wilkerson pictures of the woman’s bruises, according to the affidavit. Wilkerson said all of the bruises were from him kissing her, and, according to court documents, not from his hands.

“I know what I did was wrong,” he allegedly told police. “I know what I did was wrong. After a couple 'No's' I should have left after the first 'No.'

Wilkerson has a preliminary hearing on April 6.

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