FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas golfers Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria have been suspended indefinitely from competition following their arrests for allegedly taking sexually explicit photos of an intoxicated woman.
Moore and Echavarria were arrested by Fayetteville police Wednesday and charged with felony video voyeurism.
According to a preliminary police report, the woman said she went to Moore’s house on April 11 to sleep following a night of drinking. She recalled seeing flashes of light and suspected Moore had taken pictures of her.
Police seized Moore’s and Echavarria’s phones, discovering a sexually explicit photo Moore allegedly took on Echavarria’s phone. Moore, 21, is a junior from Edmond, Oklahoma, while Echavarria, 20, is a junior from Medellin, Colombia.
The Razorbacks finished sixth in the Southeastern Conference tournament and are set to complete in the NCAA men’s golf regionals next week in New Haven, Connecticut. Moore leads the team with an average of 71.8 strokes per round this season, finishing second at the SunTrust Gator Invitational.
The university said Thursday it was aware of the arrests and that Moore and Echavarria have been suspended indefinitely.
Both posted $2,500 bond and had were given court dates of June 1.
The incident first came to the attention of police when the victim contacted them on April 18. She told police she met Moore and Echavarria, who she knew previously, while out on the city’s popular Dickson Street on April 11, and after determining she was unable to drive that she planned to sleep at Moore’s house and be taken home the next morning.
While slipping in and out of consciousness, the women said she recalled seeing the flash of light – prompting her to later contact police.
Moore and Echavarria initially denied that any photos of the victim had been taken before later recanting, police said in the report. The report also says the two admitted taking three pictures, two of which had been deleted, and that the victim was unaware the pictures had been taken.