LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram was suspended indefinitely and is missing the Tigers’ fall drills after being accused of the aggravated sexual assault of a minor — the third felony accusation to come to light against a player this month.
The school confirmed Tuesday that Coach Ed Orgeron suspended Ingram after learning the player had been arrested on two counts of aggravated sexual assault in Dallas County, Texas, on Aug. 2.
One of the few stable portions of an LSU roster full of questions took a hit on the first day of preseason camp.
The next day, Orgeron announced at his introductory news conference that Ingram had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Orgeron didn’t discuss Ingram’s situation further until Saturday, when he said he wouldn’t comment because it was a “legal matter.”
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Orgeron also suspended sophomore linebacker Tyler Taylor on Aug. 8, when the program learned Taylor had been arrested in May and a police report said he had served as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop. Junior wide receiver Drake Davis was suspended Friday after he was arrested in Baton Rouge and accused of punching and grabbing his former girlfriend by the throat on multiple occasions.
Orgeron had given the Rotary Club an optimistic presentation Aug. 1 about the Tigers’ prospects.
“Our guys have had 100 percent attendance (in summer workouts) for the first time in 17 years,” Orgeron said.
According to the LSU Athletic Department Code of Conduct, any athlete named in felony charges "will be immediately suspended.” Athletic Director Joe Alleva has the authority to take further disciplinary action “once the charges have been fully resolved.”
The investigations continue in all three cases.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office told The Advocate on Tuesday that it arrested Ingram, 19, a native of DeSoto, Texas, on a warrant made by the DeSoto Police Department. The Police Department told The Advocate that, on Aug. 22, 2017, it had received a report from Child Protective Services.
The victim was a minor, the DeSoto Police Department said, but it would not disclose the age.
It is not clear when the incident occurred.
CPS said Tuesday it could not confirm the existence of the case because of state confidentiality laws. The Advocate has requested additional records, and the Police Department said it was seeking the Texas attorney general’s review before releasing additional details.
The Advocate has pursued an opinion with the attorney general, Ken Paxton, on the release of the records.
The Sheriff’s Office said the case has not been filed with the District Attorney’s Office, which means no court date has been set.
LSU projected starting right guard Ed Ingram has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, coach Ed Orgeron said Friday.
Ingram, a 6-4, 314-pound sophomore, committed to LSU on Feb. 1, 2017, and played as a true freshman last fall. He played in all 13 games and started at right guard in 12 games.
According to documents obtained by The Advocate, Ingram was released on a total bail amount of $40,000 on Aug. 4 with bond conditions that permitted him to leave Texas. The conditions prohibited Ingram from communication with the victim and "contact with any minor child."
According to court documents, Ingram was assigned a court-appointed attorney, Dalerie Moore, who has not returned phone calls made by The Advocate.
In Taylor’s case, LSU officials have said they were not aware of his arrest until The Advocate reported he had been accused of conspiracy to commit a crime, being a party to a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.
Taylor is from Buford, Georgia. He played in all 13 of LSU’s games last season and started five.
Davis is accused of second-degree battery. Only one charge was lodged, but police cited four alleged incidents over the last 15 months. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office said its investigation continues.
Davis, who attended The Dunham School in Baton Rouge and also out-of-state high schools, played in 13 games last season and started one.
LSU opens its season Sept. 2 against Miami. The game will be played in Arlington, Texas, 17 miles from DeSoto.