LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE -- 10:00 p.m. 9/13/16
A Liberty University football player is responding to claims he was involved in a sexual assault last year. Cameron Jackson is a sophomore cornerback from Houston. Two other student athletes and he were found guilty of violating the student honor code by Liberty's Conduct Review Committee.
Tuesday night, his family attorney, Joshua Farmer, said in an email that "Liberty University issued a press release regarding false allegations of sexual assault that have been levied against Cameron Jackson and several of his teammates.
"Let this point be absolutely clear: Cameron Jackson denies these allegations in the strongest possible terms. He is confident that, once the matter has been thoroughly and properly investigated to completion, he will be cleared of any wrong-doing.”
Farmer said Jackson has appealed the Conduct Review Committee's ruling.
The following statement is a response from the family of Cameron Jackson to a press release issued earlier this week by Liberty University:
"Earlier this week, Liberty University issued a press release regarding false allegations of sexual assault that have been levied against Cameron Jackson and several of his teammates. Cam has tremendous faith in the justice system. He had hoped to allow this process to play itself out the right way. Unfortunately, the University has abused that trust and corrupted this process by publicizing the preliminary findings of an ad hoc Conduct Review Committee made up of LU students and faculty members. The Committee's findings were based on an investigation that Cam did not participate in, and they are currently under appeal. The University's announcement was premature, irresponsible, and wrong. The damage cannot be undone.
Let this point be absolutely clear: Cameron Jackson denies these allegations in the strongest possible terms. He is confident that, once the matter has been thoroughly and properly investigated to completion, he will be cleared of any wrong-doing. In the meantime, he will not sit quietly in a corner as his name and reputation are slandered. It's a shame it had to come to this."
Joshua Farmer, Esq.
- Jackson Family Attorney
Two Liberty University football players have been suspended indefinitely from the team for violating the school’s honor code as part of a sexual assault investigation.
The allegations stem from an alleged off-campus incident in August 2015. Liberty University says it was notified of the allegations on July 13.
Liberty University says following a hearing Thursday, Cameron Jackson and Kyle Carrington were found to have violated the student honor code and Liberty University’s policy on sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault. Jackson and Carrington were not allowed to play in the Flames’ first two games.
The school says the Lynchburg Police Department and Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney have been notified. The police investigation is ongoing, according to the school.
"Liberty University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault provides a process by which the university takes immediate steps to address allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault, as well as to remedy their effects and prevent recurrence. Liberty University does not tolerate any such behavior and strongly encourages reporting all forms of this behavior to the university’s Title IX Office and/or the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) or local law enforcement authorities," the school wrote in a statement. "Any Liberty University student found responsible for violating the university’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault is subject to discipline, up to and including involuntary administrative withdrawal from the university."
Liberty University says Carrington and Jackson are suspended from the team, pending an appeal.