Indiana University freshman receiver Kiante Enis was dismissed from the team on Thursday following his arrest on two counts of child molesting.
On Wednesday, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possible relationship between Enis and a child 13 years of age or younger. According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Detectives interviewed Enis and the child, who both “admitted to a consensual sexual encounter that occured on at least two occasions in Randolph County.”
Enis turned 19 years old on Thursday.
Per the press release, Enis was booked into the Randolph County Jail at the conclusion of the investigation Thursday and “held under a $20,000 bond for the alleged offense.”
Indiana’s athletic department issued a one-sentence statement Thursday afternoon declaring Enis has been dismissed from the football program “effective immediately.”
Child molesting is a Level 3 felony that carries up to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 upon conviction.
Enis was one of Indiana’s top signees in its 2016 recruiting class. Considered a three-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Enis originally committed to play for Michigan, but decommitted in January and signed with IU in February.
The Saratoga native starred at Winchester High School, finishing his career with 7,014 yards — good for ninth all-time in state history. He rushed for 98 touchdowns during his career and scored 107 total, finishing 13th all-time in the state record book.
Enis was moved to receiver during fall camp, but never saw the field for the Hoosiers. He did not dress for the Sept. 10 game against Ball State and was also not seen practicing with the team last Saturday during IU’s open practice.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Monday that Enis has been dealing with a concussion.
“He has a concussion protocol deal,” Wilson said at the time. “I just saw him at lunch.”
Enis is the second IU football player to be arrested in the last two days and the third to have a run-in with the law this month.
Backup kicker Aaron Del Grosso was arrested early Wednesday morning on preliminary misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and public intoxication. Freshman defensive lineman Jerome Johnson was cited for illegal possession and consumption of alcohol during Labor Day weekend.
Enis is the second player signed by Wilson to face felony charges.
In June 2015, safety Antonio Allen was arrested in Bloomington on multiple drug-dealing charges. Allen was sentenced on June 10 to 10 years in prison for dealing heroin and eight years for dealing methamphetamine. Both of those sentences are suspended and Allen is currently on four years of house arrest, followed by six years of probation after his release.