Westminster College basketball player suspended after assault, sex allegations
A Westminster College basketball player has been suspended from all team activities after a woman accused him of assaulting her causing her to nearly pass out and vomit back in March.
19-year-old Sky'Ler Thomas is accused of repeatedly striking the woman's head against a wall, striking her in the face and chest area and clamping his upper arm against her throat restricting her airway and circulation of blood causing her to nearly pass out and vomit.
Thomas also allegedly threatened to punch and kill the woman and would not permit her from leaving his apartment, threatening to commit suicide if she left or called police.
According to an affidavit, the female victim has several photographs of her injuries.
The affidavit states that the victim entered an intimate relationship with Thomas in December of 2020. In January of 2022, the relationship reportedly became abusive with multiple incidents involving Thomas allegedly assaulting the victim.
In early March, the victim was alerted that Thomas was allegedly posting sexually explicit videos of him having sex with her, as well as sexually explicit images of her to Snapchat without her consent.
Thomas reportedly admitted to posting these videos and images to the victim when confronted about it. He also reportedly told police that these photos were posted to Snapchat, but only visible to five to seven people due to them being posted on his "private story."
When asked by police about the assault incident in March, he reportedly told police he had "lost his cool" stating that he was trained in Jiu-Jistsu and knew that this was a technique used to restrict a person's airway.
Thomas told police he held her in the position for 10-15 seconds and then released her. He claims the victim did spit in the garbage can, but did not vomit.
Thomas also denies ever threatening to harm himself if the victim called police.
Thomas is facing charges of Strangulation, Aggravated Assault, Making Terroristic Threats, Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Obscene Sexual Material and Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Images.
In a statement released on Friday, Westminster College states that they are aware of the charges against Thomas and that he has been suspended from all team activities until further notice and that the matter has been referred to the campus student conduct system.
The college did not comment any further.