Prosecutors have filed formal criminal charges against a University of Utah football player accused of kidnapping and raping a high school student.

20-year-old Terrell Maurice Perriman of Miami was charged with rape and aggravated kidnapping after allegedly preventing a 17-year-old girl from leaving his apartment until she slept with him.

Prosecutors have requested a $500,000 bail for Perriman, who is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.

According to court documents, "the defendant has no ties to Utah, has been suspended from the University of Utah, has been evicted from his residence and has no means or support to stay in the state, making him a flight risk".

U. head football coach Kyle Whittingham  issued a statement saying that "We were made aware of the very serious allegations involving a member of our football program and he was immediately suspended from all team activities".

"Obviously, this does not reflect the values and standards of our program and we will continue to monitor the situation as it moves through the legal process," Whittingham said "We are cooperating with the authorities and university personnel and will continue to assist as requested."

If convicted, Perriman could spent up to five years to life. No court date has been scheduled at this time.

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