BREAKING: Iowa State football player charged with sexual abuse, domestic assault


Christian Royston, Sports Editor

Aidan Ralph, a linebacker for the Iowa State football team, was charged for domestic assault and sexual abuse Wednesday.

The 20-year-old football player was charged with sexual abuse, sexual assault with an object and domestic assault causing injury. The charges were from an incident with his girlfriend of three years early in the morning Dec. 3, 2022.

According to criminal complaints filed in the case, the incident began when Ralph accused the victim of cheating on him. The complaint said he shoved her multiple times before shoving her into a set of stairs, causing a stress fracture to her spine. As noted in the complaint, Ralph admitted to shoving the victim into the stairs resulting in her injury.

The injury to the victim’s spine caused visible swelling, “great pain and mobility issues,” according to the criminal complaints. The victim asked Ralph to call emergency medical services, to which he refused.

The complaint also stated at the time the victim removed her pants to examine her injuries, at which point Ralph got on top of her and raped her. The complaint said that the victim began crying, which upset Ralph to the point he flipped her over to avoid seeing her cry.

According to the complaint, the victim tried to get Ralph to stop, but the size difference caused her to feel unable to physically get him off of her. Ralph is a linebacker for the Cyclones, listed at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. 

Ralph and the victim had been in a relationship for around three years at the time of the incident. The complaint said that the two “cohabited at each other’s residences.”

Assistant Athletics Director/Communications Matt Shoultz said in an email that Ralph has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

Ralph is being held on an $11,000 cash-only bond and is set for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. May 15.