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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Minnesota Gopher Football
Player Released On Bail

From ESPN.com:

    Bail was set at $25,000 Tuesday for a Minnesota cornerback accused of raping a woman who investigators say had consumed so much alcohol that she was physically helpless and unresponsive.

    Dominic Jones, 20, made his first court appearance on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from the April 3 incident which investigators say was captured on video by a cell phone.

The rest of the story:

    [Jones] he was not arrested with his three teammates in April until the case took what Freeman calls an unexpected turn: two weeks after April's three arrests, investigators learned of a cell phone video taken by one of those teammates.

    Specialists retrieved the deleted file, which they say shows Jones raping the victim, who by then was unresponsive.

    "A picture's worth a thousand words," Freeman said. "And that cell phone video really reflects what happened, at least at that point in time."

    Police are still investigating what else happened that night, and say they have both interviews and evidence that point to the three other players. And while Freeman says those men remain suspects, it's still unclear whether they'll be charged.

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