Jury acquits former Maryland basketball player of rape

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former University of Maryland basketball player who was accused of having sex with a drunk woman without her consent.

Jurors found 25-year-old Damonte Dodd not guilty of raping or assaulting an 18-year-old woman he met at a College Park bar on Halloween night in 2017.

In a statement Thursday, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said, “While we have successfully prosecuted many cases involving sexual assault, they are the most challenging. However, we have the courage to take them on because we believe our victims. We will continue to seek justice on behalf of all victims.”

The Washington Post reports prosecutors said the victim had been vomiting and stumbling that night, signs she was intoxicated and not able to give consent for sex.

Dodd testified that she demonstrated interest and suggested they go to his apartment. The woman said she told him she was “too drunk” and didn’t want to have sex. Dodd said she never explicitly said “no.”

Dodd graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 and went on to play professionally in Poland.

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