One of the Indiana Hoosiers prized in-state football recruits for the 2016 season will never see the field for the football team. Following word that wide receiver Kiante Enis was arrested on felony child molestation charges, the IU football team has announced his immediate dismissal from the team.
Full length statement from #IUFB in a release: "Indiana Football has dismissed freshman Kiante Enis from the program effective immediately."
— Greg Rakestraw (@gregrakestraw) September 22, 2016
According to a report in the Muncie Star Press, Enis is being charged with two counts of child molesting after Randolph County sheriff’s deputies were made aware of a possible relationship between Enis and a child that is 13 years or younger.
From the report:
According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s department, Enis was interviewed by investigators and “admitted to a consensual sexual encounter that occurred on at least two occasions in Randolph County.”
Child Molesting is a Class 3 felony under Indiana state law and Enis could face as much as 16 years in prison for each charge against him.
Enis was a former finalist for Indiana’s Mr. Football award this past year, and was originally committed to playing football for the Michigan Wolverines. However, the pull of the home-state university got him to back off that commitment and enroll at IU.
He had not appeared in a game this season, and was likely to redshirt after suffering a concussion just a few weeks ago.
Given the horrific nature of the alleged crimes, Indiana made an easy and right decision here. There is no way in heck you can wait and see the legal system out in a case that is about as cut and dry as the one presented to us today.