Arkansas Razorback football signee accused of sexual assault on 12-year-old

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BENTON, Ark. – A Bryant teen who is an Arkansas Razorbacks football signee has been arrested on sexual assault charges in an investigation that began back in January.

The Benton Police Department says Catrell Wallace, 18, turned himself in at the Saline County Jail early Monday morning in reference to felony warrants for Sexual Assault 2nd Degree and Tampering. The incident leading to these charges reportedly occurred during the early morning hours on January 1.

Wallace signed with the Hogs back in December.

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, the BNPD said Wallace was 18 at the time of the alleged incident and the victim was 12.

“Although it appears to have been a consensual encounter, BNPD detectives were able to determine that Wallace had reason to believe the victim was underage at the time of the crime. It was also noted that Wallace instructed witnesses to lie about the crime in an effort to conceal it. This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be forthcoming,” the release continued.

Sam Pittman released a statement through the Media Relation’s Office.

“We are aware of the serious allegations involving Catrell Wallace. We are gathering information and in contact with the proper authorities regarding the situation. Once we have additional information, we will make a determination on his status with our program.”

Sam Pittman’s statement

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the message, via the official Benton Police Department app available on iTunes and Google Play or at www.crimereports.com.

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