DENVER A court document released Friday sheds new light on why Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested last fall on sexual assault charges involving a woman who told officers she was likely drugged, raped and impregnated with the football players child.
The woman told investigators that doctors put the date of conception around the time she went to Coxs apartment with friends early on the morning of Sept. 6, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The woman said she has no recollection of most of that night and wasnt sure anyone had sex with her until she learned she was pregnant. She said she had not had consensual sex for several weeks before or after the date of conception reported by doctors.
The woman said she and Coxs girlfriend at the time had gone to a club Sept. 5 where they met Cox and another person. When the club closed at 1:30 a.m., they all went to Coxs apartment. She said Coxs roommate was there when she awoke later in the day.
The woman said she believed she had been drugged because she felt unusually woozy after four drinks.
Harvey Steinberg, Coxs lawyer, declined to comment on any of the information in the arrest affidavit.
My thoughts have always been that cases work their way through the court system, and we need to do our best to ensure people who are charged get fair trials. Im just hopeful the process works, he told The Associated Press.
Craig Silverman, an attorney for the alleged victim, issued a statement insisting that his client suffered a sexual assault by Perrish Cox.
For her, this is an intensely painful, personal and private matter, Silverman said. My clients victimization will be made clear in a court of law.
The woman went to police Oct. 28, the day she said she learned she was pregnant. She said she didnt file a complaint sooner because she wasnt sure she had been raped and didnt want to make unfounded charges.
The affidavit said the woman was shocked when the DNA results came back Nov. 29 indicating Cox was the father.
Cox refused to voluntarily offer a DNA sample and didnt allow one to be taken until after investigators obtained a court order, the document said.
The affidavit said one other male identified as being in the apartment that night voluntarily provided a DNA sample and another provided one after police obtained a court order, but it wasnt clear if he refused to do so voluntarily. The affidavit said DNA tests ruled both of them out as the father.
Steinberg had fought to keep the affidavit sealed and appealed to the state Supreme Court when a judge ordered the affidavit made public. The Supreme Court on Friday refused to take the appeal, and the affidavit was released.
Cox, 24, was arrested Dec. 9 and pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault while the victim physically was helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct.
He is free on $50,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for October.
The Broncos fined Cox in December for missing meetings and practice after his arrest. The team didnt release the amount of the fine but said it was the maximum.
Cox could face a four-game suspension from the NFL next season for violating the leagues personal conduct code. Commissioner Roger Goodell doesnt need a players conviction to punish him.