UCO football player posts bond after arrest in Edmond rape case

By John A. Williams and Diana Baldwin Published: September 25, 2008
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EDMOND — A suspended University of Central Oklahoma football player was free from Oklahoma County jail Wednesday after being arrested, accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Zachary Paul Drew, 20, Edmond, was released after posting $25,000 bail. He was arrested during one of his UCO classes Tuesday.

Drew was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of first-degree rape by instrumentation.

Drew, a sophomore, offensive lineman from Choctaw, was suspended from the team Tuesday pending the outcome of the investigation, said Charlie Johnson, executive director of university relations.

Edmond police said the girl, who had been drinking vodka shots, was passed out on a love seat in an apartment at the Dillon Park Apartments, 1015 N Chowning.

Several witnesses, some of whom were playing a drinking game in the kitchen, told investigators that Drew sat down on the arm of the love seat by the girl's feet and reached his left hand under the covers. The witnesses told police it appeared as if Drew was fondling the teen, according to a police report and court affidavit.

One witness said Drew became angry and belligerent when he was told to leave the girl alone, the police report states.

Drew denied he had sexually assaulted the girl. He stopped a police interview to obtain an attorney, the report states.

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