Catrell Wallace, who signed with the Razorbacks in the 2020 class out of Bryant, Arkansas, was arrested Monday morning in Benton, Arkansas, and charged with second-degree sexual assault and tampering, according to the Benton Police Department. Both crimes are felonies.
Wallace turned himself into authorities Monday morning after allegations of a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old on Jan. 1. Wallace reportedly tried to keep witnesses quiet, according to the Benton Police Department. Officers believe the encounter was consensual and that Wallace was aware the victim was underage during the time the incident occurred, according to USA TODAY.
Wallace helped the Bryant football team win back-to-back state titles before signing with the Razorbacks on Dec.18 over Houston and Arkansas state.
Wallace committed to play for the Razorbacks while Chad Morris was the head coach in Fayetteville from 2017-2019 and decided to stay on-board when Morris was fired Nov. 10 and replaced by Sam Pittman on Dec. 8 of 2019.
Wallace is listed as a three-star signee and the No. 6 overall prospect from Arkansas according to 247Sports. He was recruited by Arkansas as an outside linebacker where he ranked 43rd in the state.
Pittman is aware of the situation and addressed the allegations through the media relation’s office.
“We are aware of the serious allegations involving Catrell Wallace,” Pittman said. “We are gathering information and in contact with the proper authorities regarding the situation. Once we have additional information, we will make a determination on his status with our program."