Owls' Martin-Oguike charged with rape

Owls' Martin-Oguike charged with rape

Published Jun. 5, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

A freshman member of Temple University's football team is facing rape and other charges for allegedly attacking a woman on campus, but his attorney says the allegations are baseless.

Eighteen-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike faces charges including rape and aggravated assault in connection with the May 26 encounter.

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

Martin-Oguike, of Sewaren, N.J., appeared in seven games last season but has been removed from the current roster. He was arraigned May 31 and released on bail.


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.