USC Linebacker Sent Home After Being Named Suspect In Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES (AP/CBSLA.com) — USC has sent linebacker Don Hill home from Dallas, where the No. 20 Trojans are set to open the season Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.

The team on Friday would say only that Hill had violated team rules, but a search warrant and affidavit from Los Angeles County Superior Court obtained by ESPN, TMZ and the Los Angeles Times say he is under investigation for sexual assault.

The court documents show it’s the same investigation that is looking into another USC linebacker, Osa Masina, who did not make the trip to Texas with the team, citing violation of team rules.

Masina and Hill assaulted the woman at Hill’s off-campus apartment on July 14 after giving her marijuana, Xanax and alcohol, the court documents allege.

The documents say Masina also shot the assault on video and sent it to the victim’s former boyfriend.

Masina alone assaulted the same woman in his home state of Utah on July 26, the documents allege.

Police Lt. Dan Bartlett in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights confirmed the investigation of Masina for The Associated Press earlier this week.

Neither player has been arrested or charged.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas says Masina is cooperating with police. Information on an attorney for Hill was not available.

Both players are sophomores.

Hill was also suspended by the team in 2015 after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in his hometown of Boise, Idaho.

According to the search warrant, the accuser told police that Masina gave her Xanax, alcohol and marijuana, which made her so intoxicated she could barely move.

However,  she said she does remember both Masina and Hill forcing her to have sex.

The woman also said Masina recorded the incident and snapchatted it to her ex-boyfriend — a college football player at the University of Arizona.

Masina is also accused of raping the same woman several days later in his home-state of Utah, where police are investigating the 19-year-old on allegations of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, and exploitation using a telecommunications device.

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