Former Rockville athlete, college football player faces sex, kidnapping charges -- Gazette.Net


A former Rockville football player and University of New Mexico running back was arrested in connection to an alleged sexual assault and kidnapping of a fellow student, university officials confirmed Wednesday.

Crusoe Gongbay, 20, was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of kidnapping and conspiracy, according to University of New Mexico Police Lt. Timothy Stump.

He was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, Stump said.

At 3 a.m. April 13, a female told a dorm assistant that she was sexually assaulted; the dorm assistant contacted university police, the university said in a news release.

The university did not release any other details about the incident, citing that the investigation was still ongoing.

Gongbay, a junior, turned himself in to university police on Monday and was released Tuesday after posting $50,000 bail, police and university officials said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a second person, 21-year-old Ryan Ruff, who was not a student at the school, the university said in a news release. Ruff’s bail was set at $100,000.

Police are trying to determine the identity of a third man who may have been involved.

Gongbay played football for Rockville High School and joined the University of New Mexico’s football team in 2011. In a September 2013 interview with The Gazette, Gongbay credited his mother and local coaches with encouraging him to stick with the team after coaching staff changes.

University of New Mexico head football coach Bob Davie said Gongbay was suspended from the college team “indefinitely.”

“Once this process is complete and all the details have emerged, we will handle the outcome appropriately,” Davie said in a statement.

University spokeswoman Dianne Anderson said the university is conducting its own investigation.