Suspended Virginia Tech defensive back Dwayne Lamont Crossen has been charged with making a video of an unclothed woman without her consent.
Crossen, 19, of Christiansburg has an arraignment scheduled for Monday on the misdemeanor charge.
Known as D.J. Crossen in most football references, the former Greensboro, North Carolina, player attracted notice earlier this month when it became known that he had been suspended from Tech’s team since September.
Virginia Tech said in a statement the suspension was for an unspecified violation of university policy.
A Tech athletics spokesperson referred to the statement the school released earlier this month when asked about Crossen’s arrest on Friday afternoon. The school will have no additional comment.
“D.J. Crossen has been suspended since September 2018,” the statement said. “He is subject to the policies set forth in the Virginia Tech Code of Student Conduct.”
Crossen was allowed to practice throughout the fall — he was suspended only from competition — but that won’t be the case this spring.
He was suspended by the university at the start of the 2019 calendar year. A university suspension prevents a student from attending classes or participating in school activities.
The arrest warrant for Crossen listed gave a date of Feb. 8 for the illicit video. The same date is contained in court docket records.
However, a search warrant issued last fall for Crossen’s residence also contained an account of him making a video of a woman and said the incident was reported on Sept. 23.
According to last year’s search warrant, a woman accused Crossen of making a video of her while she and Crossen engaged in consensual sex. The woman told investigators that Crossen asked if it would be all right to make a video and she told him no. Later, however, the woman received a Snapchat message that included a video of her “in a state of undress.”
The woman also received a message saying the video would be posted online “everywhere.” Since then, the woman received a number of messages from people asking to meet her, the search warrant said.
Crossen played in the first two games of the season. The coaching staff made no mention of the suspension when asked about the defensive back in October.
“DJ is a very talented kid and the speed of the game is something you have to get adjusted to,” then-safeties coach Tyrone Nix said. “Currently at this moment it looks like he’s going to redshirt for us but I really don’t know. It’s like injuries. If something happens one particular day, we may have to factor him in. But right now he’s scheduled to redshirt.”
Crossen remains in the school’s directory. He was removed from the football team’s online roster Friday afternoon along with a number of other players who have left the program since the end of the 2018 season.
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente dealt with a number of disciplinary issues last year, with leading pass-rusher Trevon Hill and defensive back Mook Reynolds both getting kicked off the team.
“We’ve been working our way through a few obstacles over the last couple years that I’m hopeful that we’re on the downhill slide of getting through those things to continue to push this program forward, and I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of Virginia Tech football than I am at this moment,” Fuente said, on national signing day.
“We have a group of guys that are dedicated to trying to do the right thing and play football and go to school and represent Virginia Tech in a manner we’re all accustomed to, and I’m looking forward to getting back to that.”
Higher education reporter Robby Korth contributed to this story.