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Police arrest Terry in connection with UNT basketball case

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  • Brett Vito
  • Julian Gill

A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the ongoing University of North Texas police investigation of the university's men's basketball team.

Marlon Terry, a former assistant coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, was arrested Thursday on a charge of prostitution and booked into Denton County Jail.

Police previously arrested two former members of the UNT team and a former team manager in connection with the case.

UNT police arrested Derail Green, one of the two former Mean Green players, Tuesday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a dangerous drug.

Brian Emmerson Johnson, a North Texas student who served as the team's manager last season, was arrested May 3 on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of marijuana.

Police also arrested Rickey Brice Jr., a junior who played for the Mean Green last season, on a marijuana possession charge.

University spokeswoman Deborah Leliaert said the investigation still is ongoing. She said she did not know whether police have identified any additional suspects or whether police plan to file additional charges.

"There's an ongoing investigation, and it would be inappropriate to speculate about the outcome," she said.

UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds could not be reached for comment.

Terry, 39, was released from jail about 1 p.m. Thursday after posting $500 bail.

It is unclear why Terry was in Denton.

Johnson, 29, played for Dallas Carter High School and then worked as a student assistant at Blinn College before joining UNT's program as a manager in 2015.

Multiple sources within the college basketball community said Johnson and Terry were at least familiar with each other from their time working in college basketball.

UNT police Officer Ramona Rosborough said in a sworn affidavit Johnson and Green engaged in organized criminal activity by asking two female victims to have sex with other people for money.

A UNT police investigation was triggered March 30 when a residence hall assistant reported through an online system Johnson and Green engaged in sexual assault and prostitution at their off-campus apartment, according to Rosborough's affidavit.

The resident assistant was with one of the alleged assault victims a few days later when Johnson and Green called her. The resident assistant heard the two soliciting her to engage in sex for money, the affidavit states.

Two days after the phone call, April 6, police searched Johnson's apartment in the 200 block of Inman Street, which he shares with Brice, 20, and Green, 23. Officers found marijuana, leading to the arrest warrants for Brice and Johnson, authorities said.

Police also found seven pills that are classified as muscle relaxants in Green's room, according to the affidavit in support of his arrest. The pills -- metaxalone and cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride, both muscle relaxers -- are available only by prescription.

The discovery of the pills led to Green's possession of a dangerous drug charge. Rosborough's affidavit does not specify whether Green has a prescription for the pills.

Police interviewed Johnson on April 25 about the alleged incidents, according to Rosborough's affidavit. Johnson admitted to arranging for "clients" to participate in sexual acts for money, the affidavit states. The affidavit does not say what the acts were, but one victim confirmed to police she was solicited by Johnson.

The victim went with Terry on March 29 to an unnamed location where "she performed sexual acts in exchange for money," Rosborough said in the affidavit.

Solicitation of prostitution is defined as prostitution in the Texas Penal Code.

Terry resigned his position from NSU last week after his name appeared in court records associated with the investigation.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870.

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.