Former USD football players accused of sexual assault plead not guilty

VERMILLION, S.D. (KSFY) - Two former University of South Dakota football players accused of sexual misconduct have pleaded not guilty.

Danny Rambo Jr. and Dale Wayne Williamson Jr.

Twenty-one-year-old Danny Rambo Jr. is charged with second degree rape, while 21-year-old Dale Williamson Jr. is charged with attempted second degree rape.

The charges stem from an off-campus incident back in October. Court documents state the men sexually assaulted a woman who was already involved in a consensual sexual act with a third man.

Both men appeared in a Clay County courtroom Thursday morning to enter their pleas.

Williamson's attorney asked to withdraw from the case because he claimed to be too busy with other cases, and would not be able to properly defend Williamson. Judge Cheryle Gering denied the request after hearing Williamson say he wanted him to stay as his lawyer.

The Clay County State's Attorney asked to try the two cases together. Rambo's lawyer wanted the cases tried separate. Judge Gering did not make a decision on this matter Thursday. The judge set a trial date for both cases for April 9th, 2018.

Williamson was also charged in a separate sexual assault case at the end of November. Court documents show the charges stem from an incident on March 3rd. He was indicted on a second-degree rape charge and an alternative count of a third-degree rape charge. He also pleaded not guilty to those charges. A trial date for that case is scheduled for April 30th, 2018.

His bond was set at $50,000 for that case and the judge lowered it Thursday to $25,000 with the same conditions. Williamson still remains in custody.