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Murray State Cheerleader Arraigned On Rape Charge


Update Wednesday (see below)  

A Murray State University cheerleader was arraigned in Calloway Circuit Court on Tuesday for a first-degree rape charge.

25-year-old Dannis Seay of Murray entered a plea of not guilty. An indictment says Seay on or around March 22 in Calloway County engaged in sexual intercourse with a woman incapable of consent because she was physically helpless.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Foust said the charge is a Class B Felony punishable up to 10 to 20 years in prison. Foust said Seay is out of jail on bond.

According to a Murray State Athletics website profile, Seay is a graduate student cheerleader on the 2018-19 roster. A university spokesperson said he is currently enrolled as a student, but is not on the 2019-20 cheer roster. Murray State Police said the alleged crime occurred off campus.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 5.

Credit via Calloway County Jail records

Update Wednesday: According to Calloway County Jail records obtained through an open records request, Seay was arrested by Murray Police on May 11 without incident. He was released from jail a short time later having paid 10% of a $3,000 cash bond.

Note: This story has been updated to include an update Tuesday evening from the university spokesperson regarding Seay's status on the 2019-20 cheer roster.

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