High school football player expelled after sexual assault arrest

Alexis Cervantes // Hidalgo County Jail

A Weslaco East High School football player has been kicked off the team following his arrest on a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

Alexis Cervantes, 17-years-old, is facing allegations brought forward to Weslaco Police by the parents of a 13-year-old girl.

The former starting running back's troubles date back to September 1st.

That's when the alleged victim's parents first turned to the Weslaco Police Department to file a complaint, according to a police spokesman.

Police arrested Cervantes on October 15th at Weslaco East High.

Superintendent Dr. Ruben Alejandro says immediate action has since taken place.

"Once the arrest was done we expelled him to our Discretionary Alternative Education Program, which is the district run AEP program," he said.

Bumper stickers remain on vehicles parked outside the suspect's Weslaco home from his former days on the football field.

The arrest is still a fresh wound for his mother, who did not provide a name to Action 4 News.

"Did you talk to him about it [the arrest]?" Action 4's Ryan Wolf asked.

"Yes," the mother answered.

"What did he say?" Ryan asked.

"It's not true," she answered.

Weslaco police would not elaborate on the details behind the charge or the evidence against Cervantes.

Alleged sexual contact with anyone under the age of 14 is considered aggravated sexual assault in the State of Texas.

"Why do you think she lied about it?" Ryan asked his mother.

"I don't know," she said. "Maybe because all the time they... I don't know maybe... because... she liked... I don't know."

"Did she like him?" Ryan asked.

"Yes," she said.

"Do you think it was because he didn't want to date her?" Ryan asked.

"I think so," she said.

Cervantes can no longer play football while at the alternative school.

"It's strictly academics," the superintendent said. "They're confined to this place during the day and they lose all privileges."

The expulsion proves athletes do not get special treatment, according to Dr. Alejandro.

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