Three members of the Lindenwood University basketball team were charged with sexual assault Thursday in connection with an incident in September.
According to charging documents, Tylan Birts, Bradley Newman Jr. and Ermias Nega were each charged with one count of conspiring to commit sexual assault.
Charging documents said a woman went to an off-campus apartment on Sept. 18 where Nega, Birts and Newman lived together. Police said the woman consented to having sex with Nega, 22.
After Nega and the victim were finished, Nega left the room and told his roommates that the victim was "ready". Charging documents said Birts, 19, and Newman, 20, then entered the room, where Birts began having sex with the victim while Newman crouched in the corner.
The victim realized she was not having sex with Nega, and reached for the lights. She saw Birts leaving the room and Newman naked in the corner of the room.
When interviewed by police, Nega said he did step out of the room. He told police the victim looked like she was "in shock" and "teary eyed" when he returned.
All three talked with police , and at least one of them admitted the victim did not give consent to have sex with all of them.
The charging documents said Nega told the victim she should not tell anyone, because she would be shamed.
A statement from Lindenwood University said all three suspects have been suspended from the basketball team, and that the university is launching a Title IX investigation.