He’s one of the best high school football players in Texas and was recruited and signed to one of the best college programs in the country.
But before Charles West competes on the field, he’ll have to face the serious charges against him.
“I think in this particular case, when the facts come out, you’re going to find they do not support the charges,” said his attorney, Hunt Bonneau.
Bonneau asks that people reserve judgment on the Coppell High School senior who is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.
In an arrest warrant, detectives detail how West allegedly solicited a woman for sex in late January.
“The complainant stated she was contacted on BackPage.com, where she advertises for services that entail foot fetish and dominatrix activities,” the warrant said.
It was West who called 911 on the morning of January 28 about a public disturbance. When police arrived, a woman said “she had been sexually assaulted” by West. And before that, according to the warrant, “a knife was placed against her neck.” West’s accuser refused to take a forensic examination.
The warrant details some kind of disagreement. Detectives wrote the “suspect had said he did not have the $160” needed to pay the woman for her services.
West “denies having sex,” and “denies having the knife.” West refused an interview; his attorney spoke on his behalf.
“Before you start assassinating kids, make sure all the facts get in and you know exactly what you’re talking about before you do the assassinating,” Bonneau said.
West had just signed on to play football at BYU before he was arrested. The attorney confirms with News 8 that West was arrested at Coppell High School.
With more important matters to attend to, it’s unclear what this means for his scholarship.
“We completely believe he’s going to be at BYU to play, but it’s tough,” Bonneau said.
Our numerous calls to the BYU Athletics office and Media Relations Office were not returned.