CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa sophomore wide receiver Jalen Rima was charged Jan. 19 with criminal mischief in the third degree for an incident that dates back to Dec. 18.
According to a Cedar Falls police report, a female acquaintance filed a report on Dec. 18 and indicated that Rima may have been the person who poured sugar into her gas tank.
Rima was interviewed on Dec. 18 and denied the act. But on Jan. 19, according to the police report, the reporting officer obtained a text message in which Rima admitted to pouring the sugar into the gas tank.
After being confronted with the new information, Rima was placed under arrest and charged. Criminal mischief in the third degree is an aggravated misdemeanor.
Rima was a Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer team member following his freshman season, and this past fall he caught 11 passes for 132 yards. Rima also returns punts and kicks for the Panthers.
Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley was on the road recruiting and unavailable for comment.
UNI director of athletics David Harris said in a statement, “The athletics department is aware of this situation and we will handle it in an appropriate manner once the criminal proceedings conclude.”