Just six days after being indicted by a federal grand jury, a former Washburn University running back has pled guilty to robbing a Topeka bank.

Just six days after being indicted by a federal grand jury, a former Washburn University running back has pled guilty to robbing a Topeka bank.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Wichita, 21-year-old Vershon Moore pled guilty to one count of armed robbery Tuesday.

Moore, a first-team All-MIAA running back last season, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court in Topeka. That complaint alleged that on Aug. 9, two tellers working for Envista Credit Union in Topeka were coming out of the building carrying containers of money to refill the automatic teller machine. Moore, wearing a black hood and mask, pulled up to the tellers and demanded the money.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that one of the tellers got the license plate of the getaway car Moore and police tracked the car to Moore, who allegedly borrowed it from a girlfriend. Later in the investigation, police learned that Tracie Bacon, 21, of Topeka, worked at the bank and gave Moore information about how cash was handled when the ATM was being refilled.

Investigators learned that Bacon sent a text to Moore shortly before the robbery. The stolen money and a gun was recovered from the basement of Bacon’s home.

Last season, Moore had 47 yards on 14 carries as the Ichabods defeated Pitt State 35-34 in two overtimes at Carnie Smith Stadium.

In 2009, Moore had a better outing against the Gorillas, as he racked up 82 yards on 11 carries and added 34 yards on two catches — including scoring on a 26-yard touchdown catch as Washburn defeated PSU 55-3 at Yager Stadium.

Heading into the 2011 season, Moore was sixth on Washburn’s all-time rushing chart with 1,968 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is ninth on the career rushing touchdown chart. He has recorded six games of 100-plus yards and two games with more than 200 yards on the ground.

Last week, a Washburn University spokesman said that Moore — who would have been a senior — was taken off the Ichabods’ roster and removed from the team after charges were filed.

Grissom said Tuesday that Moore faces up to 25 years in prison following his guilty plea. Bacon is still awaiting trial in the case. Sentencing for Moore is scheduled for Nov. 21.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 139