Sexual assault charges filed against student

UNA student Corey Griffin

A UNA student was released from jail on a $15,000 bond Tuesday after being charged with first-degree rape and sodomy, according to authorities.

Assistant Chief Deputy Anthony Pace with the Colbert County Sheriff’s Department said Corey Langley Griffin, 20, was arrested Sept. 11 after the victim, a 20-year-old UNA student, reported the incident to police.

Muscle Shoals Police said Griffin, who plays tennis for UNA, was allegedly intoxicated when he called the victim for a ride home, forced her to perform oral sex and raped her in the passenger seat of her car.

Mark Linder, director of athletics, said Griffin has been suspended from the university. Griffin’s first court date will be Oct. 1, officials said.

“It is the policy of the (UNA) athletic department that any student athlete charged with a felony is immediately and indefinitely suspended, pending adjudication through the legal process,” Linder said.

Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said a local judge placed a cash equivalent on Griffin’s original $100,000 bond, allowing him to pay $15,000 instead.