- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah State University has fired a school administrator and former NBA player after he was accused of sexual assault in September but never charged.

USU spokesman Tim Vitale confirmed on Thursday that administrator Marvin Roberts was fired on Sept. 18.

USU student services vice president James Morales says in a termination letter that Roberts “engaged in egregiously unprofessional conduct” by having sexual contact with a student employee.

Police records show Roberts, a vice president in the student services department, was accused in early September of rape by a university employee.

The Associated Press does not name people who report being sexually assaulted.



The Logan City Police Department investigated and sent their findings to the Cache County Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors in late October declined to file charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said that because charges were not filed, the investigation is closed.

Roberts’ attorney Cara Tangaro said her client maintains his innocence and that the university acted prematurely when it fired Roberts.

She said Roberts cooperated fully with police as they investigated in September and October. He gave lengthy interviews to police and provided text messages and emails, Tangaro said.

“Marvin Roberts has always maintained his innocence and denied any sexual wrongdoing,” she said.

Roberts served as the assistant vice president of student engagement and diversity at USU.

Vitale said as soon as the university heard allegations against Roberts, they took immediate action. He was placed on leave on Sept. 11 and fired a week later.

“We fired him for our own reasons,” Vitale said. “The information we found was enough to make us decide to terminate him.”

Tangaro said the university “made a very quick decision, in my opinion, without all of the information. Marvin decided not to fight their decision because he actually is not interested in working there anymore under the circumstances.”

Roberts was hired in July 2013, Vitale said.

Roberts played collegiately at Utah State and went on to play six seasons in the ABA and NBA from 1971-1977, according to NBA records. He spent his final season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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