Arterio Morris arrested and charged with rape, dismissed from Kansas basketball program

Shreyas Laddha, The Kansas City Star on

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas basketball guard Arterio Morris was arrested on Friday, according to Douglas County booking logs. According to the logs, he was booked and charged with one count of rape and released on bond of $75,000.

A KU Athletics official told The Kansas City Star that Morris has been dismissed from the KU basketball team.

“When we learned of allegations regarding Arterio Morris, he was suspended from the Kansas men’s basketball program. We are now aware he has been arrested and charged, and he was dismissed from the program,” KU coach Bill Self said through a news release. “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Self, contacted by The Star on Friday, said he had no further comment.

Morris’ first court date is set for 3 p.m. on Oct. 18, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Star.

The penalties for the charge — “a severity level 1 person felony,” per court documents — range from a 147 months (12 years, 3 months) to 653 months (54 years, 5 months) in prison and/or a fine of up to $300,000 and 36 months of post-release supervision.


The Star reported on Sept. 15 that Morris had been suspended from the Jayhawks following a rape accusation at McCarthy Hall that was reported to the University of Kansas Police Department in late-August.

The Star obtained the incident report through a Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request on Sept. 15. Morris was not named in the incident report, but a KU Athletics official told The Star at the time Morris “has been suspended from the program and we have no further comment.” A second source confirmed an allegation had been made against Morris.

Rape reported at the University of Kansas

According to logs from the KU police department, a rape was reported at the 1700 block of Naismith Drive in late August. The police incident report confirmed the location as McCarthy Hall, which houses the KU men’s basketball players among around 40 male residents and is located just south of Allen Fieldhouse.


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