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Rape charges against former Temple University football player dropped

The charges were dropped when text messages the woman had sent to friends came to light and showed she had not been truthful about being raped.

Rape charges against former Temple football player Praise Martin-Oguike, 20, were dropped Monday. Credit: Metro file photo Rape charges against former Temple football player Praise Martin-Oguike, 20, were dropped Monday.
Credit: Metro file photo

All charges against a former Temple University football player accused last year of raping a woman in his dorm room have been dropped.

Jury selection was to begin in the rape trial against Praise Martin-Oguike on Monday, but all charges were dropped when text messages the woman had sent to friends came to light and showed she had not been truthful about being raped, according to reports.

Martin-Oguike, 20, proclaimed his innocence throughout the process, asserting he and the woman had consensual sex.

Martin-Oguike, who played linebacker for the Owls, was suspended from the Temple football team at the time of his arrest in May 2012. He now attends a community college in New Jersey.

 
 
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