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. (Published Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013)

    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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