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Aidan Ralph Dismissed From Iowa State Program After Sexual and Domestic Abuse Charges

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After it was reported on Wednesday that Iowa State linebacker Aidan Ralph had been arrested and charged with sexual and domestic abuse, the Cyclones responded by dismissing him from the football program, according to a press release.

According to criminal complaints filed, Ralph’s girlfriend came to his apartment in early morning of December 3, 2022.

An argument began after Ralph accused the victim of cheating on him. The complaint says he shoved the victim multiple times and then shoved her into a set of stairs. The impact caused a stress fracture to her spine, causing “great pain and visible swelling.” Ralph admitted to police he shoved the victim and his actions caused her injuries.

 

According to the affidavit, the resulting injury caused the woman to lose mobility and she pleaded with Ralph to call an ambulance, but Ralph refused despite the victim’s request. Then, Ralph instead lay on top of the injured victim and raped her as she cried and begged him to stop, according to the affidavit.

According to records, a judge set Ralph’s bond at $11,000 dollars and appointed a public defender to represent him. Ralph was ordered not to have contact with his accuser and he is scheduled for a hearing on May 15.

As of Thursday, Ralph remained in Story County Jail.

Ralph has been with the program since 2021, when he joined the team out of De La Salle High School. During his two seasons in Ames, Ralph made no game appearances.

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