Originally created 01/24/02

Affidavit released on case



ATHENS, Ga. -- One of the Georgia players suspended in a rape investigation had consensual sex with the alleged victim earlier that night, according to an affidavit.

The woman reported she had consensual sex with basketball player Tony Cole on Jan. 14 and later that night two other men accosted her in Cole's dorm room, university Police Detective Eric Dellinger wrote in a Jan. 15 affidavit for a search warrant.

The woman told police that after she and Cole had sex, Cole went to a bathroom and a man she didn't know emerged from a closet and sexually molested her. The woman told the man to stop, and, after several unsuccessful attempts to rape her, he left.

The woman told police sophomore basketball player Steven Thomas then entered the room, got on top of her and the two had sex. It is unclear from the affidavit whether the sex was consensual.

Cole, Thomas and junior football cornerback Brandon Williams were suspended by athletic officials last week. University police said a basketball player was accused of rape and a football player of attempted rape. Another basketball player was identified as being an accessory. No charges have been filed.

University police said they will forward findings from the investigation to District Attorney Ken Mauldin's office.

"The timetable is determined by each individual case," university director of public safety Asa Boynton said. "I can't tell you whether it's going to be a day, four days, three weeks or a month."

Thomas was the starting center for the 15th-ranked Bulldogs and Cole, a junior, was a backup point guard.

"I think it's best for the university to get this thing closed as quickly as possible - that's my opinion," basketball coach Jim Harrick said.

Court documents indicate that Dellinger took a set of bed sheets and a condom wrapper from Cole's room.