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.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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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