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UNCC quarterback Kevin Olsen indicted on three counts of rape, other charges

UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen leaves the Mecklenburg jail in February with his father after being charged with second-degree rape and other crimes. The case against Olsen, the younger brother of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, goes before a Mecklenburg grand jury on Monday.
UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen leaves the Mecklenburg jail in February with his father after being charged with second-degree rape and other crimes. The case against Olsen, the younger brother of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, goes before a Mecklenburg grand jury on Monday. Observer staff

UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen was indicted Monday by a Mecklenburg County grand jury on rape and other charges stemming from a February incident involving a woman he was dating.

A spokeswoman with the district attorney’s office confirmed that the grand jury returned indictments against Olsen of three counts of second-degree rape, one count of second-degree sexual offense, and two counts of assault on a female.

Each of Olsen’s rape charges carries a possible 10-year sentence. He remain free on $103,000 bond. Olsen’s attorney, George Laughrun, declined to comment on the case on Monday. In February, he said his client “denies 99 percent of what was read in court.”

Olsen, the younger brother of Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen, was arrested Feb. 19. Police say the incident that led to his arrest reportedly took place in Olsen’s apartment near the UNCC campus. He remains suspended from the team.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Northrup said during Olsen’s court appearance in February that the 6-foot-3, 215-pound player threatened to strangle himself with a phone charger moments before assaulting the woman.

Kevin Olsen walks out of the Mecklenburg County jail with his father Monday afternoon.

According to Northrup, Olsen and his 23-year-old accuser went out drinking on a Saturday night but became separated. During their time apart, Northrup said, Olsen sent the woman a text message threatening to kill her.

Eventually, the pair reunited and used Uber to get back to Olsen’s apartment early Sunday morning. There, Northrup said, Olsen remained upset about the evening “and some events in his life.” He grabbed a phone charger and wrapped it around his neck, the prosecutor said.

The victim, according to Northrup, calmed Olsen down. But the argument flared again. Olsen first struck her with a pillow, then punched her in the face before sexually assaulting her three times, Northrup said.

When Olsen fell asleep, the woman slipped out of the apartment and called a friend, Northrup said. Police reached her at Carolinas HealthCare System University, where the woman was found to have vaginal injuries and bruising around one of her eyes.

Olsen, a one-time top high school football recruit who played for his father in New Jersey, ended last season as a backup quarterback for UNCC.

Olsen was drummed off of football teams at the University of Miami and Towson State due to off-field disciplinary problems that included drugs and driving under the influence. He appeared to have won the starting quarterback job at Miami in 2014 but left the team and school without playing a down.

A UNCC spokeswoman said Monday that Olsen remains enrolled at the school and suspended from the football team.

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095, @MikeGordonOBS

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