Ex-U.Md. Basketball Player Facing Rape Charge Found Not Guilty on All Charges

Former University of Maryland basketball player Damonte Dodd was found not guilty Thursday on all charges of raping a UMD freshman in 2017.

The one time NBA prospect and former Maryland basketball player had been charged with second-degree rape and assault related to having sex with an intoxicated woman.

In closing arguments today, the defense insisted the encounter was consensual and that the state has no proof a rape occurred. They say the accuser was actively participating in sexual contact and doing so willingly.

The woman met Dodd while celebrating Halloween with friends at a College Park bar. He took her to a friend's apartment, where prosecutors say Dodd had sex with her against her will. Another person in the apartment woke up and confronted Dodd. After the woman reported it, Dodd said the sex was consensual, prosecutors said.

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