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Former University Of Washington Rowing Team Members Charged For Sharing Explicit Video

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John Young and Tyler Minney, two former members of the University of Washington rowing team, have been charged after they allegedly filmed themselves having sex with an intoxicated freshman.

John Young, 19, of Brewster, New York, and Tyler Minney, also 19, of Folsom, California, have been charged on with a count of disclosing intimate objects. Furthermore, Minney faces a separate charge for sharing pictures of him having sex with another drunken student. Both students have since been kicked off the rowing team.

According to court documents, the first unidentified victim came forward in April after she learned that Minney and Young had been sharing a video of them having sex with her.

via Seattle Times:

King County prosecutors allege in charging papers the two rowers had sex with a then-18-year-old student in December at McMahon Hall, a university dormitory, where they “filmed their sexual encounter without (the victim’s) knowledge or consent and distributed it to fellow classmates over the course of the next few months.”

Only months later did the victim learn from friends about the incident, the records say. She reported it to UW’s Title IX office, which in turn contacted university police. Prosecutors also contend Minney secretly took photographs as he had sex last October with a 19-year-old student who was drunk at the time. Minney allegedly shared the pictures with classmates over the next several months, prosecutors say.

The woman “had little to no memory of the … sex and did not learn it had been photographed until a friend showed her the picture,” according to the charging records.

A spokesman for the University of Washington’s athletic department gave a statement to The Seattle Times, saying:

“We are aware of charges filed against two former members of our men’s rowing program. Those individuals were immediately suspended from the team when we first learned of the investigation, and are now no longer part of the program.”

According to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County prosecutor’s office, Minney’s bail was set at $30,000 and Young’s was set at $20,00. Their arraignment hearing is set for August 17. The court has ordered both men to have no contact with the women.

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