UPDATE (WKOW) — A former UW football player has been found not guilty on both counts in his sexual assault trial, a Dane County jury ruled Friday afternoon.
MADISON (WKOW) — Former UW football player Quintez Cephus testified in his own defense Friday in his sex crimes trial, maintaining one of his accusers suggested a “sleep over” at Cephus’s apartment on the night of the incident.
Cephus is charged with second degree sexual assault of a person incapable of providing consent and third degree sex assault against Cephus.
Cephus testified that when he was at a Madison bar before the incident, one of the accusers tried to touch him sexually and suggested the sleep over.
One of the accusers testified Cephus forced sex on her and her friend, who testified she had virtually no memory of the evening.
Cephus testified the woman was aware of what was going on.
“She came to my room and got completely naked and got on to my bed,” Cephus said.
Cephus’s former teammate, current Badger player Danny Davis was also part of the evening and in the apartment.
Cephus concedes he urged Davis to take a photo of one of the women naked, and maintained it was because it was his first “threesome” sexual experience.
“I saw he had a phone in his hand and it was just like…it was something I’d never done before,” Cephus testified.
Capturing an image of nudity without the subject’s consent is a felony crime. Davis was given immunity from prosecution in exchange for surrendering his phone.
“You didn’t think that was wrong?” Assistant District Attorney William Brown asked Cephus about the photo during a tense cross examination.
“It was wrong,” Cephus answered.
Brown also pressed Cephus about one of his accusers sending a Snapchat message to a friend from Cephus’s bedroom stating she’s been raped.
“She said that, she said “raped,” but she didn’t say I was raped by Quintez Cephus,” Cephus testified.
“And they never told me to stop,” Cephus said. “That was, you know, consent.”
Cephus conceded to Brown he had a lot to lose in this trial.
“We never want to be a guy that name is going across ESPN,” Cephus said.
The Cephus case is expected to go to the jury late Friday.