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Sports Heroes, Social Villains : Aberrant Sexual Conduct by Star Athletes Is Called Result of Lifelong Coddling

February 02, 1992|JULIE CART | TIMES STAFF WRITER

* June 21, 1991--Derrick Dodson, an Arkansas football player on academic probation, pleaded guilty to rape and burglary and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

* April 26, 1991--Seattle Seahawk linebacker and former USC player Marcus Cotton pleaded guilty to a charge of assault after prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sexual battery against him.

* April 23, 1991--A San Antonio Spur player is charged with indecent exposure in Seattle. The woman decided to not pursue the case.

* Feb. 27, 1991--Four Arkansas basketball players are accused of raping a 34-year-old woman at the school's athletic dormitory. Charges were not filed.

* Nov. 14, 1990--Then-Denver Bronco tackle Gerald Perry, now a Ram, is charged with third-degree sexual assault against the former girlfriend of a teammate. Perry was convicted and served 65 days.

* Sept. 20, 1990--A player for the San Antonio Spurs is accused of rape for the second time in three days. A 21-year-old woman alleges the player sexually assaulted her after drinking with her at a nightclub. The player also was charged in Maryland with the rape of a 17-year-old girl. Charges in both cases were dropped.

* July 1990--Three incoming USC freshman football players are charged with battery and sexual battery and false imprisonment of a USC graduate student. The three were acquitted.

* March 1, 1990--Five members of the men's lacrosse team at St. John's University are among those charged with the rape of a woman at a fraternity house. One defendant admitted to the offense and testified against three others, who were acquitted. Two defendants pleaded guilty and another is awaiting trial.

* Nov. 22, 1989--Former Oklahoma football players Nigel Clay and Bernard Hall are sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $10,000 fines for raping a woman in an athletic dormitory.

* Aug. 21 1989--Angel outfielder Luis Polonia, then a New York Yankee, is convicted in Milwaukee of having sex with a minor, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $1,500.

* February 1989--University of Colorado linebacker Miles Kusayanagi is arrested, accused of the rape of one woman and the attempted rape of another. Kusayanagi is convicted on four counts of first-degree sexual assault and is serving an 80-year sentence in a Colorado prison.

* Aug. 31, 1988--St. Louis Blue center Doug Gilmour, his wife and the team are sued for $1 million by the parents of a 14-year-old girl who claim the hockey star repeatedly had sex with their daughter. The civil case is pending.

* Aug. 4, 1988--Former Seattle Seahawk quarterback Gale Gilbert is sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service for molesting a 24-year-old woman.

* March 1, 1987--The University of Miami football team suspends a player after his arrest on kidnaping and rape charges. The charges were dropped.

* Feb. 25, 1987--Boxer Aaron Pryor, a former junior welterweight champion, is charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnaping, two counts of aggravated battery and six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Pryor pleaded no contest to two lesser charges and was fined $5,000. Pryor is currently in jail on unrelated drug charges.

* Sept. 27, 1986--An 18-year-old Cal student claimed she was raped by four members of the football team in the co-ed dorm in which they all lived. In an out-of-court settlement, the players agreed to move out of the dormitory, apologize to the victim and perform 100 hours of community service.

* July 25, 1986--Thomas Watson, a Syracuse football player who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct, is sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

* May 29, 1985--Former North Carolina State quarterback Percy Moorman is sentenced to 26 years in prison for the rape of a female student.

Times researcher Peter Johnson contributed to this story.

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