Suspended USU football player pleads guilty to drug and sexual battery charges

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LOGAN — A suspended Utah State University football player has pleaded guilty to sexual battery and distribution of marijuana after previously pleading guilty last year, to soliciting a prostitute in the same incident.

Court records show Hayden Weichers made an initial appearance in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony and one count of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Police report they were called to a local hotel, October 22, 2014. A female victim there claimed she had been drugged and raped by a member of the USU football team.

Weichers was reportedly using the name of a fellow team member but was later identified. While being questioned by officers, he admitted to contacting the escort service and arranging to meet the victim at the hotel earlier in the afternoon.

In November, he was charged with soliciting a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor and later pleaded guilty. Court records show he was sentenced to serve two-days in jail and put on probation for one-year.

Weichers will be sentenced on the two new charges June 9 and could face up to five-years in prison.

Following Weicher’s arrest in October, USU football coach Matt Wells announced the wide receiver had been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules.

Weichers is from South Jordan, Utah and played for Bingham High School.

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