A member of the Fort Hays State University wrestling team has been charged with rape in a December sexual assault on campus. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February.
Efe Clinton Osaghae, 22, is charged in Ellis County District Court with rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated battery and aggravated burglary, all felonies.
Osaghae was arrested Dec. 8 and released on a $75,000 bond the next day, according to court records. However, he was booked into the Ellis County Jail on Jan. 3 for a bond violation, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond on Jan. 10.
Osaghae is accused in court documents with forcing his way into a 19-year-old woman’s apartment early the morning of Dec. 8, forcing her to engage in sexual activity and choking her.
According to campus police records, the assault allegedly occurred about 2 a.m. in Heather Hall, a student residence hall. Osaghae was arrested by FHSU police several hours later after an interview.
A preliminary hearing, at which a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the state to continue with prosecution, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
Osaghae, a junior from St. Louis, was still listed on the FHSU wrestling roster Wednesday afternoon. Just a day before the assault allegedly took place, he participated in FHSU’s Bob Smith Open, going 2-2 in four matches in the 174-pound division.
Osaghae earned All-American status during his redshirt-freshman year at Fort Hays, placing eighth in the 149-pound division at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
An FHSU spokesman previously said the university will not offer comment and will allow due process to take place.