RICHMOND (WRIC) - Three VCU Men's Soccer players are charged with taking pictures of a nude minor without her consent.
Donovan Arias, Bobby Hopper, and Finnlay Wyatt, freshmen at VCU, each face a felony charge of filming a non-consenting nude minor and have been suspended from the team.
VCU says it is pursuing internal investigations from both a student code of conduct standpoint and through federal Title IX avenues.
"Because of the ongoing internal investigation and court proceedings, we cannot comment further on this matter until it is adjudicated except to say that VCU remains committed to an environment free of intimidation, harassment and discrimination," the school says in a statement.
Prosecutors say the crime happened back in November.
An attorney for Arias says the incident stems from a prank gone wrong at a VCU dorm and that the players didn't know she was 17.
VCU'S campus is reacting.
"If she doesn't know you're taking a picture of her that's not consent," says student Tasha Barker. "And you shouldn't be doing that to anybody of any age."
"I played in athletics for the school too and I felt like we were held at a higher standard," says recent VCU graduate Logan Sandy. "And it's shameful for anyone to engage in this kind of behavior."
8News talked with teammates and friends who didn't want to go on camera but say the three players are good guys and they can't believe they would do anything like this.
No court date has been scheduled. The players are out on bond.
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