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OSU basketball player Darrell Williams pleads not guilty to rape charges, suspended from team

Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford released a statement Monday afternoon saying junior forward Darrell Williams will not travel or play with the Cowboys while he is facing charges for rape by instrumentation and sexual battery.
BY RYAN SHARP and JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writers Modified: February 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm •  Published: February 7, 2011

Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams pleaded not guilty to three charges of rape by instrumentation and another charge of sexual battery Monday in Payne County district court.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 13 in Stillwater and finally shed light on an investigation that had been hovering over the program for nearly two months, since word of the alleged assault first emerged.

Williams appeared in court and pleaded not guilty before being taken to the Payne County jail. Williams, 21 and a junior in his first season at OSU, posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court March 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Several OSU basketball players showed up at the Payne County courthouse to support Williams. J.P. Olukemi, Keiton Page, Nick Sidorakis, Markel Brown, Matt Pilgrim, Andy Shaw and assistant coach Chris Ferguson were among the members of the program to attend the hearing.

According to court documents obtained through an open records request, Williams is accused of raping two women at a private residence southeast of the Oklahoma State campus. The incident has been under investigation by Stillwater police since early December when an anonymous letter was sent to police over a claim of sexual assault at a party.

Police interviewed six other OSU basketball players during their investigation, though no charges were filed against any player other than Williams.

According to an affidavit filed by Stillwater police, also obtained through an open records request, one of the women reported Williams groped her and put his hands in her back pockets. A few minutes later, the woman realized she was missing money and her ID and asked Williams if he took them. Williams said no and offered to help look for them in the back yard of the residence.

According to the affidavit, the woman said Williams became more forceful once they were in the back yard and put his hands down her pants and underwear and told her to stop moving.

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