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Ex-Wisconsin receiver and Stratford Alumnus Quintez Cephus acquitted of sex assault

A Wisconsin jury said former Stratford Academy football star Quintez Cephus is not guilty of sexual assault.
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half during an NCAA college football game against BYU, in Provo, Utah.. He leads the Badgers in receiving yards and touchdown catches.(AP Photo/Kim Raff)

A jury has acquitted former Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus on charges alleging he sexually assaulted two female students.   

Jurors delivered their verdict on Friday after deliberating for just 30 minutes. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Cephus testified just before the jury got the case that the women wanted to have sex with him. The women testified they were too drunk to give consent.

Cephus was suspended from the football team last August and was expelled from the university earlier this year for violating its non-academic misconduct code.

The 21-year-old faced second- and third-degree sexual assault for the alleged attacks.

Cephus took the stand Friday as his trial neared an end. He says when the women arrived at his apartment last year, one immediately went into his bedroom, summoned him in and removed her clothes. He says the other followed behind.

Cephus is a graduate from Stratford Academy.