STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) — Going from being the star of the mat, to a wanted man, a former wrestling star at Oklahoma State University has now been charged following a sexual assault allegation.
On Wednesday, NCAA National Champion wrestler A.J. Ferrari was charged with one count of sexual battery in Payne County District Court.
Last month, Oklahoma State University announced that Ferrari was no longer with the program.
The news came after the Stillwater Police Department issued an alert, saying that “Albert James Ferrari Jr.” was a suspect in a sexual assault investigation.
The court documents filed Wednesday show that a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
According to the court records, the alleged victim told police she met Ferrari’s sister through a mutual friend, and after that she was invited to their family outings and to hang out at the Ferrari family home.
She told investigators that last month, Ferrari SnapChatted her and asked to hangout, which they did at one of her friend’s houses.
The documents go on to say she asked Ferrari to take her home and she “didn’t think this was anything out of the ordinary because she was friends with Ferrari’s family.”
When Ferrari drove to her apartment, she says he insisted he walk her inside “to make sure she was safe,” according to court records. At which point, she claims he started drinking tequila that was sitting on the kitchen counter.
According to court documents, eventually Ferrari “claimed he was drunk and asked to stay the night.” The alleged victim said she told him he could sleep on the couch, but instead he went to her bed.
There, the records say she found him in his underwear, and when she laid down, she put a pillow between the two, telling him she didn’t see him “as a romantic partner.”
The court records detail she told police Ferrari then “pulled her over on top of him and started grabbing her chest area” and “began gyrating his hips, causing his torso to grind against” her.
The alleged victim told investigators she “got off of Ferrari and almost immediately Ferrari rolled on top of” her. The documents add she said he pinned her wrists above and behind her head “while telling her he knew she liked to be dominated.”
The alleged victim also told investigators he tried to pull down her shorts and underwear, but was unsuccessful, according to court records.
The details of the rest of the allegations are graphic and the link to find them can be found here.
The court records add that the alleged victim told investigators she did not consent to any of the sexual acts and that she was “scared, traumatized and didn’t know what to do.”
She also added that Ferrari told her, “he liked how she put up a good fight.”
However, Ferrari’s attorney denies the allegations. He sent KFOR the following statement:
“The Ferrari Family is disappointed by the State’s decision to file this charge. We remain confident that through the legal process AJ Jr will be exonerated, as he is innocent and the facts will no doubt prove it.”Derek Chance, Attorney
OSU also issued a statement:
“The university is aware that criminal charges have been filed in Payne County District Court against a former student athlete. This individual is not currently enrolled in classes for the upcoming semester. OSU will handle the matter in accordance with university policy.”Shannon Rigsby, Public Information Officer
According to the Stillwater Police Department, Ferrari’s bond was set at $25,000.
Ferrari was the NCAA champion in the 197-pound weight class in 2021 and was injured in a January accident.
Ferrari has signed an NIL deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. He was U.S. Junior National Champion in 2020.