BELLEVUE, Neb. — A standout Nebraska high school football player has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and human trafficking.
Eighteen-year-old DeArch Stubblefield, a senior defensive back on the Bellevue West state championship team, was charged Friday in Sarpy County Court. He is being held without bail.
Court documents say Stubblefield sexually assaulted a teen between 12 and 16 years old and forced the teen to engage in sex trafficking between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.
According to KETV in Omaha, Stubblefield’s father, Melvin, believes police have the wrong man.
“I think they got the wrong guy,” Stubblefield said. “My boy is a good boy.”
Stubblefield says his son doesn’t belong in jail, explaining that DeArch told him he wasn’t aware of what was going on, and another man is involved.
“[The other man] might’ve been trafficking, but now my son is locked up,” Stubblefield said. “Where’s this other guy?”
Stubblefield’s next court hearing is set for March 28.
A Bellevue Public Schools spokeswoman says officials have not yet made a decision on Stubblefield’s student status.
USA TODAY High School Sports contributed to this report