Fresno State wrestler faces multiple felony charges after police say he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl

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May 04 2021 05:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – When Isaiah Perez came to Fresno State in 2018, he had a bright future. He was coming off of a second-place finish at the CIF State Wrestling Champions, and he was ranked No. 15 in the nation in his weight class.

Today, he is in jail. And he is facing multiple felony charges. Perez is looking at multiple counts of rape, kidnapping and assault, according to Fresno police.

On November 18th, Isaiah Perez was at an apartment complex near Fresno State where there was alcohol and marijuana. Witnesses saw Perez leave with a 15-year-old girl, and a report that was later received by Fresno police says she was sexually assaulted by Perez.

He was taken into custody last Friday.

“Due to the in-depth nature of this investigation, a warrant was issued and signed by a judge before that arrest was completed,” said Sgt. Jeff La Blue with the Fresno Police Department. “Mr. Perez was a wrestler for the Fresno State university wrestling team, and has since been removed. I checked his status, and he is currently in custody at the Fresno County Jail.”

“We are aware of the serious allegations involving one of our student-athletes,” said Terry Tumey, Fresno State’s Director of Athletics, in a statement. “Fresno State takes matters such as this seriously and will not tolerate acts that are in direct contradiction of our university values that are based on respect for the integrity of every individual. Student-athletes are required to comply with a code of conduct and a standard of excellence.

“As such, the student-athlete was dismissed from our athletic program. We will continue to evaluate this situation as the legal process moves forward.”

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