Former Ohio State football players Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, pleaded not guilty Thursday in an appearance before Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner, who set bond for each of them.

A Franklin County judge set bond Thursday during the first court appearances for two former Ohio State University football players accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into sex.


Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, appeared before Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner on Thursday and entered pleas of not guilty to one count each of rape and kidnapping.



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Ebner set bond at $100,000 for Riep and $75,000 for Wint and ordered both to have no contact with the victim or each other. Ebner also told both men that they are to make no comments about the victim on social media.


Both men posted bond Thursday afternoon.


Riep and Wint turned themselves in and were arrested overnight Tuesday after warrants were filed for charges of rape and kidnapping.


According to court records and Columbus police, the 19-year-old woman had been hanging out with Riep on Feb. 4 in an apartment that Riep and Wint shared on the Northwest Side.


The woman and Riep had begun to engage in a consensual sexual encounter, but she stopped, moved away and said she did not want to continue, police said.


Wint then entered the room and asked if he could join in, according to an affidavit filed by police. It accused Wint of grabbing the woman by the neck, forcing her onto her hands and knees and raping her.


Riep then held her in place by the hips and with his body, while Wint forced her to perform oral sex. The woman pushed Wint away, but he forced her again to have oral sex, the affidavit states.


After the incident, Riep told the woman that she needed to say that it was consensual in a video recording.


Riep then recorded her asking if he wanted her face on the video, given that she was crying. "And he told her ‘no, just say it was consensual’ on video recording while laughing at her," the affidavit said.


After telling her that she needed to take a shower, Riep then drove the woman home. The woman reported the incident to police less than three hours after it occurred, according to the police report.


During Thursday’s court hearing, officials said police have recovered the video recording.


The woman was in the courtroom Thursday with her parents and a victims advocate from the Franklin County prosecutor’s office for the two defendants’ initial appearance.


Riep, who is from the Cincinnati area, and Wint, from New York City, were junior backup defensive backs on Ohio State’s 2019 team. Riep had two interceptions last season. With Shaun Wade the only returning starter in the secondary, both Riep and Wint were expected to be in the mix for starting jobs in 2020.


After their arrests, coach Ryan Day dismissed both players from the team on Wednesday, saying in part that they had failed to live up to the standards of Day and the program.


Sam Shamansky, attorney for Wint, and Karl Schneider, attorney for Riep, both said that their clients have been wrongly accused, maintain their innocence and have cooperated with police.


After the hearing, both attorneys described their clients as devastated by their quick dismissals from the team.


Wint is "thinking to himself, ‘Gee, there’s supposed to be a presumption of innocence, there’s supposed to be a disciplinary framework that the university follows,’" Shamansky said. "I’m sure he wishes he had the opportunity to defend himself before being dismissed."


Schneider said he has seen the video but wouldn’t discuss it.


Shamansky said he hadn’t seen the video, but he said, "My client’s not in the video; he didn’t take any videos."


Shamansky said that Wint agreed to submit a DNA sample without a court order and before contacting a lawyer.


Schneider said his client "was living with (Wint) for just a minute between apartments."


The cases are to be heard by a grand jury that will consider indictments.


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