Details on former IU receiver Kiante Enis’ arrest on child molesting charges

Kiante Enis thought the girl was 16 years old.

Enis, the former Indiana football player charged with two counts of child molesting, told investigators that he was initially unaware of the girl’s age when the two began a sexual relationship in March, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Randolph Circuit Court on Friday.

But after having sex for the first time, Enis, 19, learned the girl was only 13 years old — and he admitted to engaging in sex with her on two more occasions, according to the affidavit.

Child molesting is a Level 3 felony that carries up to 16 years in prison. Indiana dismissed the freshman receiver from its football program on Thursday afternoon, not long after he was arrested in his hometown of Winchester.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Enis admitted during an interview with Randolph County Sheriff’s detectives to having sex with the girl on multiple occasions in addition to sending her a photo of “his private area.”

The sheriff’s department was first contacted about the relationship between Enis and the girl on Tuesday. Detectives interviewed the girl at her junior high school on Wednesday, informing her that she was not in any trouble and that they wanted to speak with her about the relationship with Enis.

The girl first told detectives that she and Enis had hung out once or twice, watched a movie and kissed, according to the affidavit. Detectives told the girl that they believed there was more to the story and, according to the affidavit, the girl became quiet and placed her head in her hands.

The affidavit says the girl then told detectives she believed that she and Enis had sex twice and that Enis told her not to tell anyone because “he would get into trouble.”

Thursday in Winchester, detectives interviewed Enis, who admitted to having sex with the girl, according to the affidavit. Enis said he thought she was 16 years old, but after they had sex for the first time, he learned she was only 13, the affidavit says. After learning the girl’s true age, the affidavit says, Enis said he had sex with her two more times.

According to the affidavit, Enis told detectives he knew it was wrong, and at the conclusion of the interview, Enis was arrested.

Enis starred as a running back at Winchester High School. He originally committed to Michigan before signing with Indiana in February.

He did not play in any games for the Hoosiers, and IU coach Kevin Wilson said Monday that Enis had been unavailable due to a concussion.

5 comments

  1. This must be a small population force that’s not used to dealing with high profile cases. This is a most unfortunate phrasing. I trust that the prosecutors who will deal with the case will be aware of the lack of the possibility of legal consent with a child of under 13.

    ^^^Found that comment on Deadspin….The use of the word “consent” comes with mind-boggling deplorable levels of ignorance and characterization.

  2. You cannot assume others knew about this. Sick as it is I worked with a man that was arrested for molesting his own grandkids. Had been going on for years and no one had a clue. I worked side by side with this man for 15 years when he was arrested.

  3. Regardless of how old he thought she was when he first met her, going back for more after discovering she was 13 was a serious crime. He deserves to be punished.

  4. I agree with posters and as much as I wish he didn’t do this he needs to be punished. There is another side of this though as I wonder where her parents were. Coming from a small school I don’t understand or believe he thought she was 16 as she wasn’t in the high school he was playing for. To make it worse he went ahead with her after finding out she was 13. I will be glad when this disappears from IUFB as it is clear no one knew about this and now he is gone. It sad that his life is now ruin because this will follow him his life but it is his fault. Who I really feel bad is for his grandparents that did so much to give him and his brother a good life.

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