Iowa State Basketball's Bubu Palo and Another Man Charged with Sex Abuse (Updated)

Bubu Palo and Spencer Cruise face second-degree sex abuse charges. The player has reportedly been suspended from the team. Palo has been released from jail but Cruise who has been charged with assault on a peace officer, had to post a bond.

The updated story originally ran: September 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM

AMES, IA —  An Iowa State Basketball player and Ames High School graduate Bubu Palo and another Ames man turned themselves in to authorities on felony sex abuse charges Friday morning.

Palo, 21, of Walton Drive, and Spencer Cruise, 21, of Ashmore Drive, were both being held in Story County Jail on $25,000 bond about 10:30 a.m. Friday. Palo was released with supervision before noon Friday, but Cruise, who has been convicted of both disarming and assaulting a peace officer, was released after posting bond.

Cruise and Palo are accused of offering an adult woman a ride home early May 18. Instead of taking her home, complaints said, that they took her to an Oakland Drive home owned by Cruise's family and asked her to come in. She agreed and then they both committed sex acts by force, complaints said.

The complaints state that both men "did commit a sex act by force or against the will of another person, and was aided and abetted by another person during the commission of the sex act."

Ames Police Sgt. Rory Echer said that the woman reported the assault that same morning. Search warrants were obtained to collect DNA evidence. The Division of Criminal Investigations lab returned DNA results last week, Echer said.

Both men worked out an agreement with the Story County Attorney's office to turn themselves in on second-degree sex abuse charges this morning.

Cruise was currently on probation for a 2009 incident with an Ames police officer, according to an article in the Ames Tribune

An officer visited Cruise's home on reports of a loud party. Cruise assaulted the officer, fought with him over a Taser and shocked the officer in the hand. Cruise also tried to choke the officer and broke his radio earpiece, the article said.

Second-degree sex abuse is a class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison. A story published in the Des Moines Register said that Palo has been suspended from the team.

life.is.full.of.secrets September 08, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Bubu was a family friend, and a hero of mine. Now i cant look at him any more.
Elliott Lanosa September 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
That's what I was just thinking, it was RAPE BY FORCE. I guess if you are a good enough athlete they call it something else. They should be in jail right now. What's wrong with police these days??? What a bunch of Bull Sh*t.
David September 09, 2012 at 03:01 AM
These college athletes must clean up their act. These Iowa State B-Ball players are realy stupid and if convicted they will have ruined their lives. Just like OJ who was found not guilty, but he paid a heavy price for his ACTS and he's in prison for other acts. I am 63 y/o and went to The University of Missouri at Kansas City, but always was and still am a big Mizzou fan. In my college days, these things did not occur./DT
Larry September 09, 2012 at 12:25 PM
David, you've got your head in the sand. Of course they did but institutions hate scandals and hide them. Why did it take about 10 years for the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State to suddenly become public? Athletic Departments and head coaches at many Universities are the worst.
adam January 16, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Charges were dropped. What happened to innocent til proven guilty? Lots of ignorance on this board


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