Victim In Perrish Cox Case Feared She Was Drugged
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DENVER (CBS4) – According to new details in an arrest warrant affidavit, Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested on sexual assault charges after a woman told officers she believed she was raped while she was drugged.
A 13-page arrest warrant affidavit released Friday shows the woman became pregnant and that DNA tests show Cox is the father.
The document statesthe woman told police that doctors informed her she had become pregnant at about the time she went to Cox’s apartment with friends and then passed out.
READ: Arrest Warrant Affidavit (pdf)
The woman says she has no recollection of most of that night last September and wasn’t sure anyone had sex with her until she learned she was pregnant.
Two other Broncos players were part of the investigation. Demaryius Thomas and Cassius Vaugh submitted their DNA samples after the victim learned she was pregnant, about seven weeks after the alleged incident.
Although those players willingly submitted their DNA, detectives had to approach Cox with a warrant during practice at Dove Valley to gather the DNA sample from him.
The victim said the night of the incident that she and a friend, who was dating Cox at the time, were at a nightclub when they joined Thomas and Cox, eventually leaving the club and going back to Cox’s apartment located in Lone Tree. She said she didn’t remember much and blacked out.
She told police she recalled, at some point, kissing Thomas. Her next memory was waking up in the morning on an air mattress in the apartment. That’s when she felt strongly that she had been drugged and that she had sexual intercourse. She reached out to the men present in the apartment asking if they had intercourse. Cox, in a text message, replied, “Hell No.”
The alleged victim’s friend said she was asked by Cox and Vaughn repeatedly to take a shower the next morning. The friend claims she was asked at least five times to shower.
The victim said she still felt strange about the incident and went to the hospital wanting to have a rape kit examination. She was informed by the hospital that the kit would cost $500 if she didn’t file a police report.
The victim said she didn’t have the money and didn’t want to file a police report because it was only a suspicion that something was wrong. The victim learned weeks later that she was pregnant. She said that was proof she was raped and that’s when she filed a police report.
When police told the victim that DNA concluded Cox was the father, detectives said she was stunned and could barely talk because she was crying and in a state of shock.
Cox pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault. He is free on $50,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for October.
The Denver Broncos released a statement Friday evening. The team said, “The allegations involving Perrish Cox are extremely serious and troubling to our organization. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely.”