USU football player arrested after report of sexual assault in campus dorms

Apr 18, 2021, 8:40 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 12:16 pm
(FILE: Utah State University)...
(FILE: Utah State University)
(FILE: Utah State University)

LOGAN, Utah — Police arrested a Utah State University football player Sunday over accusations of sexual assault involving breaking into a campus dorm.

Investigators believe Isamel (Izzy) Kalani Vaifo’ou reportedly entered multiple suites on different floors of Building D of the Living Learning Center, according to the probable cause statement. 

One female student reported she was sleeping in her private bedroom inside her apartment suite when she woke up to the sound of the common room door opening and closing. Each apartment suite is laid out with a common room that leads to a hallway with separate doors to five individual bedrooms. 

Although the bedroom doors have locks, several suites are often left unlocked so students can come and go as they please. 

The female student said she texted her roommate who was sleeping in another bedroom in the suite to ask what was happening. Moments later, police say Vaifo’ou, 22, entered her room (which was the first in the hallway) and walked toward her bed. 

When she asked who he was, he reportedly left. 

The second roommate, who was asleep at the time, reported she woke up to find Vaifo’ou in her bed wearing nothing but his underwear, according to the statement. She said she pushed him and told him to get out. 

Campus police said a witness who spoke with the second roommate after the incident was reported, told them Vaifo’ou sexually assaulted her. That same witness told police the student-athlete had also entered his apartment suite and another that night. 

According to campus police, the witness claimed Vaifo’ou told him he was intoxicated and interacted with a female student in a dark apartment room. The witness, who interacted with the student-athlete in the hallway, said he left Vaifo’ou to get help. 

Officers responding to the scene report finding Vaifo’ou on the first floor of the apartment building, allegedly showing signs of alcohol impairment. He was reportedly taken to a local hospital before officers transported him to the USU police department. 

Police said Vaifo’ou confirmed the incident and said he didn’t know the students he interacted with. 

The freshman student-athlete is being held at the Cache County Jail on suspicion of forcible sexual abuse, one count of burglary, two counts of trespassing and one count of intoxication. The incident is still under investigation by campus police. 

As a result of the sexual assault allegations, Vaifo’ou has also been suspended from the football team and is barred from campus unless accompanied by campus police. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Atlanta Police Officers watch as protesters march during a rally against the fatal police assault o...
Nouran Salahieh, CNN

Protesters across the US decry police brutality after Tyre Nichols’ death

Protesters took to the streets to decry police brutality after the release of video depicting the violent beating that led to the death of Tyre Nichols.
13 hours ago
A hiring sign is displayed in the window of a Panera Bread store in Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 23, ...
Paul R. La Monica, CNN

Jobs report to give further clues about where economy is headed

Economists predict that 185,000 jobs were added last month, a slowdown from the gain of 223,000 jobs in December and 263,000 in November.
13 hours ago
One person is dead following a three vehicle crash in Sanpete County around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Ja...
Waverly Golden

Three vehicle crash in Sanpete County leaves one dead

One person is dead following a three vehicle crash in Sanpete County around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28.
2 days ago
Tyre Nichols Protests...
Nouran Salahieh, Jamiel Lynch, Chuck Johnston, Shawn Nottingham, Andy Rose and Phil Gast, CNN

More protests today after release of video depicting the deadly police beating of Tyre Nichols

Protesters across the US heldmarches & rallies on Saturday, one day after the release of video showing the police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.
2 days ago
Gov. Spencer Cox covered a broad range of issues Thursday night at the State of the State Address. ...
Chandler Holt

Governor Spencer Cox signs transgender bill, releases statement

Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement on the transgender bill, that would ban transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for minors, on Saturday.
2 days ago
Temperatures dropping weather worsens...
Allison Chinchar, CNN Meteorologist

‘Dangerous’ arctic air returns this weekend after a month-long hiatus

What has been a mild start to 2023 will come to a halt this weekend as winter makes a roaring comeback across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
USU football player arrested after report of sexual assault in campus dorms