University of Colorado police have arrested a freshman football player after a fellow student said he came into the women's restroom while she was showering and exposed himself to her.
Austin Traig Vincent, 19, was arrested late Friday on suspicion of indecent exposure and second-degree criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors, and has also been suspended from the football team pending an investigation.
According to a police report, an 18-year-old CU student said she was taking a shower in the women's restroom at Willard Hall when she heard a man enter the restroom and announce he was going to take a shower.
The woman told police the man began to make small talk and, at one point, asked to borrow her shampoo, which she handed to him over the curtain. The woman said the man, identified as Vincent, then opened the curtain to her shower stall and stood before her naked as she tried to cover herself up with the curtain.
Vincent then went back into his shower stall, the woman told police, and she wrapped herself in a towel and fled the restroom. The woman told officers she never asked Vincent to leave because she felt "vulnerable" and "exposed."
She told police Vincent lived next door to her in the dorm and had made flirtatious comments to her in the past. Another female resident said Vincent previously had entered the women's restroom while she was showering, but he did not open her curtain. An RA also informed police she had told Vincent in the past to stop using the women's restroom.
Vincent admitted to police that he did take a shower in the women's restroom because the men's showers were filthy, according to the report. He said he was in the restroom for about two minutes and that a woman did come into the room to take a shower, but he said he did not have any contact with her while she was undressed.
Vincent pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is free on bond from Boulder County Jail but is not allowed to return to Willard Hall pending an investigation into the incident.
Vincent declined to comment on the case when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.
A member of CU Buffs coach Jon Embree's first recruiting class, Vincent is listed as a freshman wide receiver on the team's roster. Embree said Vincent is suspended from all football-related activities pending the investigation by the campus Office of Student Conduct.
"It is disappointing," Embree said. "As a father of a daughter and college athletes, you don't ever want to have something like this happen. I'm hopeful that it's his version of events, and if it is, we'll take the action accordingly. And if it's the other set of events, it'll be a different punishment.
"I hope people understand and realize from being around me that I'll come down hard when it's punishment issues. I'm not going to do something that's going to win the ball game. I'm not going to compromise because I think that's going to hurt us trying to win."
Longmont Times-Call sports reporter Brian Howell contributed to this report.
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