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Temple Football Player From NJ Charged With Campus Rape

A freshman member of Temple University’s football team from New Jersey is facing rape and other charges for allegedly attacking a woman on campus.

Praise Martin-Oguike
Praise Martin-Oguike (Temple)

Eighteen-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike of Sewaren, NJ, a section of Woodbridge, faces charges including rape and aggravated assault in connection with the May 26 encounter at his dorm with a 21 year old woman.

The woman says Martin-Oguike got angry when she told him to stop kissing her according to WPVI TV. She says he grabbed her by the throat as she tried to leave, dragged her into his bedroom and allegedly raped and assaulted her.

Martin-Oguike then took her to the building’s lobby and signed her out of the dorm. She  says a few hours later he texted her asking, “Are you gonna press charges?” She did not respond, but went to police shortly thereafter.

Temple coach Steve Addazio said Tuesday that the 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker has been suspended from the team pending the outcome of the charges. He was

Martin-Oguike appeared in seven games last season but has been removed from the current roster. He was arraigned May 31 and released on bail according to ESPN.

Defense attorney James Funt says Martin-Oguike is a “good young man” whose only mistake was rejecting the woman’s demands for a permanent relationship.

Owlscoop.com, a site about Temple athletics, says Martin-Oguike committed to Temple in 2010 after playing for Woodbridge High School. He was recruited by several other schools and received offers from Wagner and Maine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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