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Rutgers wide receiver Dacoven Bailey charged with sexual assault, dismissed from team

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Sophomore wide receiver Dacoven Bailey is no longer part of the Rutgers football program following his arrest for sexual assault, a Rutgers official confirmed with The Daily Targum on Saturday morning.

Bailey played in 11 games last season with three starts at wide receiver. He scored his first career touchdown on a 34-yard catch against Washington. He also saw time on defense, registering 11 tackles and a sack, while leading the team with nine special teams tackles.

The news of the accusations was first reported by KXII and confirmed by the Targum.

Bailey, 19, was arrested in December after being accused of raping a 15-year-old in his hometown of Pilot Point, Texas. Three other men were involved, while Bailey was initially the only one that the victim could identify. 

The incident occurred at a party in July in Pilot Point and the three other men involved — all from Texas and not associated with Rutgers — were also arrested.

Per Denton County Jail records, Bailey was booked on Dec. 29 and released on a $20,000 bond on Dec. 30.

He was dismissed in January and is no longer a member of the football team nor is he enrolled at the University. 

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