A former walk-on wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the son of a Tuscaloosa city councilman has been charged with sexual assault and first-degree sodomy, according to court records filed Friday.

The suspect, 23-year-old Joshua Rhamone Lanier, was arrested Thursday in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in late December.

To protect the identity of the alleged victim, the Tuscaloosa Thread will not share the details of the allegation.

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The case was investigated by the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, which handles almost all allegations of sex crimes in the county.

At the conclusion of the investigation, officers charged Lanier with first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and first-degree sodomy, a Class A felony.

His combined bond was set at $37,500. Lanier is no longer listed as an inmate at the Tuscaloosa County Jail and may have been released on bond.

Lanier, who graduated from Tuscaloosa Academy, began his college football career at the University of North Alabama before moving back to Tuscaloosa and joining the Tide as a walk-on in 2019.

According to rolltide.com, Lanier did not see any playtime in 2019, but contributed in seven games in 2020 during his senior year.

He announced intentions to enter the transfer portal last May.

Lanier is also the son of Cassius Lanier, who won a contentious special election to represent Tuscaloosa's District 7 on the City Council last year.

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