USU Eastern assistant cheer coach fired, arrested on sexual battery charges

A Utah State University - Eastern student and assistant cheer coach was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery. (Photo: Tyson Chappell / Utah State University)

(KUTV) — A Utah State University - Eastern student and assistant cheer coach was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery.

Women from the USU - Eastern cheer team reported Tucker Anderson, their assistant cheer coach, to the school's police department on Sept. 20, according to an affidavit of probably cause.

The women claimed Anderson "slapped them on their buttocks, grabbed their breasts, and would rub against their backs with an erection without their consent," the statement reads.

The affidavit states Anderson voluntarily came to the police department's office the next day, and admitted to slapping the women on their butts "even though his intentions were not to cause harm," he reportedly told police.

Anderson was booked into the Carbon County Jail on Friday, a week after he first spoke to police, and later released on his own recognizance.

Anderson had been fired by the university nearly a week before the women reported him to police, according to a press release from USU - Eastern.

The school stated he was fired on Sept. 14, when it learned of the allegations against him.

"USU is cooperating fully with the Utah State University Eastern Police Department as they investigate the allegations," the press release stated. "USU supports and encourages those who stand up and prevent or report sexual violence, and the university works with those who file a complaint to ensure their safety."

USU - Eastern students who wished to report an incident of sexual misconduct were advised to do so through the university's website.

It was not immediately clear how many charges of sexual battery Anderson faced nor when he would appear in court.

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