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Sexual assault charges to be dropped against former UM football players

Alex Figueroa, 20, and JaWand Blue, 20, accused of drugging, sexually assaulting 17-year-old girl

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Two former University of Miami football players will have sexual battery charges against them dropped if they complete a nine-month program.

Alex Figueroa, 20, and JaWand Blue, 20, were accused of drugging and performing sex acts on a 17-year-old girl in a dorm room on campus July 5.

At a hearing Wednesday, the state said the victim does not want a trial.

According to the arrest report, the alleged assault took place at Pearson Hall.

The report states that both players administered a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated the victim. It was then, the report says, that Figueroa and Blue each sexually assaulted the woman.

During a police interview, Figueroa and Blue admitted to buying the alcoholic beverages and giving them to the victim and then bringing her back to Blue's room and performing sexual acts on her without consent, according to the charges.

Figueroa and Blue were each charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. Figueroa was additionally charged with possession of a stolen/fictitious driver's license.

Both men must undergo counseling and give DNA samples, among other things. If they complete the program, the state will drop all charges.

Figueroa and Blue were expelled from UM and are not allowed to reapply or go back to the private university.

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