IU freshman Kiante Enis charged with child molesting

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.

17 comments

  1. What a way to end a promising career. He has gone through a lot in his life but his grandparents worked hard to give him a good life. IU did the right thing releasing him immediately.

    1. Its a frustrating situation for everyone. The immediate dismissal is obviously warranted. It is tragic for the young lady, a sad end to a promising career for the student athlete and hurtful for a team that is just beginning to build the kind of depth that is needed to compete at this level. Everyone loses but hopefully, Kiante will recognize the consequences of his behavior and go on to make a positive contribution to society…let’s hope.

  2. Grandparents, and how are they appreciated. It is very pre-mature for any thought of positive contribution to society. The only focus needs to be on who is K. E. Kevin Wilson and IU football sure have lost more than their share of the higher regarded recruits over his tenure with most loss of recruits being no fault of his or the rest of coaches or the players that are in the program.

  3. I watched Last Chance U on Netflix about the junior college where Camion Patrick attended. You can’t watch that series and not realize that many of the best athletes come from the poorest, most chaotic and often the most lawless of backgrounds. I think the money and importance of sports drives coaches to recruit superior athletes who are inferior students from marginal backgrounds and then cross their fingers and hope it all works out. Part of the reason IU now has much better talent is that they lowered the admissions standards for athletes to be included in the “special talent” program. This used to be reserved for members of the performing arts that may not have met the academic requirements but had a special skill such as playing an instrument that would make them eligible for enrollment. Now the athlete’s special skill is their ability to play football that allows them to be admitted. There’s a fine line between providing opportunity and just pure exploitation. I don’t think playing football at IU causes these kids to commit crimes but at the same time these athletes are representing the university- OUR university. At what point do we decide the cost of our tarnished reputation is too much to trade for wins?

  4. Interesting and very very valid. Not familiar with specific program referred to. However, I always thought there were programs, classes, and professors / tutorials / tutors / etc to accommodate college athletes coordinated to meet or exceed academic requirements at most major universities regarding major sports programs.

  5. Very disturbing. If Enis indeed committed this heinous crime, then I hope he gets the help that he needs. As with everything, there are two sides to every story. This will probably be no exception.

    It will be very difficult to rehab his image. He’ll first and foremost have to accept he potentially marred a child for life and committed career suicide. I can’t imagine what I’d do if my child was harmed. Just a very unfortunate situation.

    The coaches can only do so much. You can mentor these kids until you’re blue as a smurf in the face, but it’s ultimately up to individual to make sound choices in life.

  6. 123, IU’s number of players on all-academic teams shows they haven’t lowered the bar in too many cases. I coached athletes from bad neighborhoods and worked with them to do better in school and life. I found they were no different than any of us. My wife found that out when she helped take a group to a Ball State Football Camp with me. Our two year old son was acting up and one of my players stepped in and said ‘you need to listen to your mother and sit down’. She told me the story and said, “I didn’t realize they believe the same thing we do”. She came from a very limited background with parents that were racist so she was amazed at how the black kids had the same values. The problem most of my players had was their lives were so chaotic without a good male role model. Their lives are dominated by women and teenage boys often become resentful of women as a result.

    I have had a number of players change their lives and do well in college. My biggest challenge was getting them academically prepared for college because once they got to college they did well and went on to good careers. The players IU gets in have the resources to change their lives but when you look at most that come in IU doesn’t take many from a chaotic background.

  7. V- they have had a kid selling drugs out of his apartment with a loaded 22 by his side, another player beat up a fellow student and his girlfriend, at least 3 players arrested for public intoxication and now a player admitting to assaulting a 13 YEAR OLD. That’s the last 2 years! Watch Last Chance U. The coach gets arrested for punching an official. He tells his players, if you get caught with a girl in your dorm room, you’ll get a $200 fine. So what you need to do is get 4-5 players together, each put in $5-10 bucks and rent a cheap motel for the night and each one gets the room for 4-5 hours. Do you think that’s a culture that values women? It’s called Last Chance U for a reason. If you are there, you already screwed up everywhere else. IU recruits Last Chance U. That is where Camion Patrick came from. And Camion Patrick didn’t graduate! We took him anyway. To graduate, all you need to do is go to class. You can skip 3 classes but you don’t pass if you skip 4. They have counselors to make sure you didn’t skip class. Camion Patrick couldn’t even ‘graduate’ from that prestigious institute and we took him anyway. Now we are recruiting his brother. Guess what junior college he attends? Tell me again about our lofty standards? Because I think we are taking chances with kids that other schools wouldn’t go near. Its easy to convince yourself that we are taking these kids because IU wants to help them and provide opportunity. But how many are we taking because winning at seemly any cost is good for the bottom line?

  8. How much trouble has Patrick been in since he came to IU? Yes he needed to complete a course requirement when he arrived and did not play the 1st year but “big deal” he completed it successfully and now is on his way to a degree and all made happen by a FB scholarship IU. I’d say on this 1 the AD’s office and the FB staff made the right evaluation. Also Glass and Wilson for anyone making bad decisions and displaying poor conduct have shown they’re not shy about dishing out appropriate discipline. Every player at IU knows just how thick the ice is they’re allowed to stand on.

  9. Thirteen? This girl was middle school age? Wow. Why?….What?…When?…Where?…and How? Let’s not build a molehill of distractions concerning other offenses or spend time to throw love letters at Fred Glass.

    This is sick stuff. The word “consensual” is also in sick usage. A minor consents to this sort of mental hold with all the same agreement as a child lured into a shower with Jerry Sandusky.

    Did this player have any friends(teammates or otherwise) that had any knowledge of this abuse? How on earth…?

  10. 123, you are talking about more than 100 students every year. Compare the football team to the student body and I know you would find more incidences with the student body than the football team. Any time you deal with young men you run the risk of having some of them getting into trouble no matter where they come from.

    Our coaches work to get to know the young men they recruit along with their families. Enis is an example, he lived in a car with is brother and drug addicted mother until his grandparents stepped in and adopted him and his brother. Nothing in his background with his grandparents would lead to to believe he would have done what he is accused of and has admitted to doing. He was as safe a pick as any school could get -good grades, well thought of by the community, and living in a loving family. As strict as BYU is about their student body they still have people getting into trouble with alcohol, sex, and drugs. The only way to avoid it is to not deal with any young people other wise you run a risk of dealing with human shortcomings.

  11. V- I just think you start finding ways for kids to qualify into the school simply because they are good at football and you start having these kinds of problems. Where do you draw the line? My oldest son is now the same age as Marcelino Ball. I know there is no way my son is mature enough yet to be living on a college campus. My son has a 3.75 GPA and routinely wins character awards. But he’s still very much a kid. But Marcelino Ball is living on his own and starting at a B1G football team. He’s physically ready but is he mentally ready? Yet we put him out there and hope for the best. At some point you can’t just say we are giving kids a chance because we only bend the rules for the superior athletes and we only do it because they are superior athletes. Again, no one should qualify from Last Chance U for IU. Is it fair to not give admittance then to a kid that took actual classes and got lets say a 2.9?

  12. ….still have people getting into trouble with alcohol, sex, and drugs.

    Sorry, v13…You can’t lump this incident into alcohol, sex, and drugs. A promising college athlete even pursuing(or accepting the pursuit) of a middle school or early high school kid(even if it doesn’t fall within the legal definition of “abuse”) is not a problem with sex. Campus rape is not a problem with sex(e.g. Stanford swimmer most recently in the headlines). Taking young boys into the showers of a Penn State locker room is not a problem with sex. These are problems with criminals. These are problems with predators who use their power(or powers of influence and manipulation to entrap) fro the sole purpose of inflicting abuses on children, the defenseless, or the incapacitated. The intent is not of harmless nature.
    These are crimes….They are very serious crimes committed by very sick individuals. It’s rather hard to imagine how such deviance can be around friends and teammates on a campus for a year, operate with such disturbed intent, while under the radar. That’s a lot of stupidity. You don’t hide dealing drugs from a dorm room…You don’t hide raping an unconscious person on the streets of a campus….You don’t hide having sex with a middle schooler. If there is any turning of the other cheek that even remotely borders on suppressing the dissemination/knowledge of such activities by those in charge of these criminals, it is institutionally criminal and beyond deplorable….Far from “a problem.”

  13. Our president of IU…our AD, and all of our coaches need to fully investigate any incident that involves criminal activity and criminal abuse. All those that moved in close circles with these individuals need thorough interviews. It needs to be known if there was any intimidation by the perpetrator or others to suppress the details and knowledge of criminal activity. If those in charge of our athletic programs choose to assume any of this operates in its lonely “problem” bubble is level of reckless and purposeful naivety. Crimes that go without such investigations, consultations, and public assurances, are the ingredients of a potential deviant culture.

  14. H4H, I wasn’t lumping Enis into alcohol, sex, and drugs, I was just trying to have 1,2,3 see that problems IUFB isn’t any different than other students that go to IU or other schools.

    1,2,3 All students going to college are not mature enough to go to college on their own but it is part of the growing up process. Personally I would prefer to see mandatory draft for every citizen from graduating high school. They can choose military or community work but all would go through boot camp learning how to live without mom and dad. Two years of service then do what you choose to do with your life. Our society would be much better off, many kids would get discipline they haven’t had, and many would gain skills they could use after serving. It would eliminate many students that are going to college just to waste time until they are ready to start their life.

  15. He certainly exercised his right to remain silent about her age.
    He also exercised his right to remain silent as to why on earth he would decommit from Michigan and bring this to the Hoosiers doorstep.

    v13- Yes, there are “problems” at many universities. Child molestation just doesn’t belong in a conversation with “problems.” Campus sex parties involving adult hookers brought to dorm rooms of Louisville recruits is a problem.
    This is not a problem. I don’t know how multiple encounters with a middle schooler is kept secret(considering how many schoolmate contacts around Enis and the minor, social media, etc.). You can’t compare this crime to some sick parent or grandparent molesting his/her kids in the isolation of a home. Teachers, friends, separate homes they had to move about….coaches, chatter in the hallways of the schools, phones that take pictures of them together….? Huh? How on earth does this young girl go unprotected from this criminal. How does she not have “representation” of decent eyes and dignified ears that care enough to keep her away from a hungry predator?

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