Xavier University
12:55 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Grand jury does not indict Dez Wells

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is asking Xavier University to revisit the situation that prompted it to expel basketball player Dez Wells.

A grand jury has decided not to indict Wells over allegations of sexual assault. Deters says an independent review was presented to the grand jury yesterday.

As a freshman, Wells started in 32 games last season and was the fourth leading scorer. He would have been Xavier's only returning starter. 

Here is a copy of the news release from Joe Deters:

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the Hamilton County Grand Jury heard the case alleging sexual assault against former Xavier University basketball player Dezmine Wells.  After hearing all of the evidence, the Hamilton County Grand Jury ignored the case.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We always take allegations of this nature very seriously.  I assigned senior assistant prosecutors to this case to review all of the evidence and to conduct a complete presentation to the Hamilton County Grand Jury.

After this office conducted an independent review of all of the evidence, it was presented to a Grand Jury yesterday.  The Grand Jury declined to charge Dezmine Wells with any criminal offense.

I have nothing but the greatest respect for Xavier University, and in particular Fr. Graham.  I would sincerely hope the institution would revisit this situation.”