Attorneys for Arizona QB Jayden de Laura release statement on reported claim made in civil suit regarding sexual assault case
Attorneys for Arizona QB Jayden de Laura are taking issue with a key reported detail of the settled civil lawsuit regarding sexual assault allegations.
Earlier this month, de Laura settled a civil suit stemming from a 2018 criminal sexual assault case in which de Laura and a high school teammate were charged with second-degree sexual assault. All parties involved were underage at the time of the incident, making it a juvenile court case in Hawaii.
It has been reported that the civil suit stated that de Laura pleaded guilty in juvenile court. In a statement obtained by the Arizona Daily Star, de Laura’s attorneys say that is not accurate.
“Reports from certain media outlets involving Jayden de Laura are inaccurate and have inflicted unnecessary duress and reputational harm to numerous individuals and entities.
“The allegations against Jayden stemmed from when he was a junior in high school, a minor, and were handled in the Family Court. Under Hawaii law, the records and files in juvenile cases are sealed, and all parties are prohibited by law from releasing them.
“While we are unable to release details of the case, it is important to correct misinformation that has been reported. What we can share is that reports that Jayden pled guilty and was convicted of sexual assault are not accurate.
“Further, when the civil lawsuit was brought well after the juvenile matter in Family Court concluded, Jayden chose to resolve it quickly, with no admissions of guilt, so he could focus on his academic and athletic career, and all parties could move forward with their lives without the stressors of a lengthy litigation process.”
A week ago, Arizona released a statement saying de Laura was allowed to continue at the school as a Wildcat student-athlete.
Statement from Arizona QB Jayden de Laura’s attorneys, who say that “reports that Jayden pled guilty and was convicted of sexual assault are not accurate.” pic.twitter.com/Vd6BF80RWa
— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) May 12, 2023