Rape Charges Dropped Against Former Temple Football Player

Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike (oh-GWEE'-kay) said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin Monday.

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    Rape charges were dropped against Praise Martin-Oguike, a former football player at Temple University. His lawyer said the case was dismissed because of text messages that proved his client's innocence.

    All charges have been dropped against a freshman member of Temple University's football team who was accused of rape.

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    Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin Monday.

    The woman told police Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room. Martin-Oguike, who was kicked out of Temple and now attends a New Jersey community college, said the encounter was consensual.

    Martin-Oguike's attorney James Funt said his client was ``the victim of a woman who was determined to destroy him simply because he would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her.''

    Funt said charges were dropped after a review of the woman's text messages with her friends indicated she was not truthful about being raped.
     

     


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