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A ll-state LB charged in sex assault of 16-year-old


David David A 17-year-old Rockdale High School junior, who had been a blue-chip college football prosp ect, turned himself in to police last Wednesday to face a sexual assault charge.

Police had issued an arrest warrant for Derek David following an investigation launched March 11 after an incident involving a 16-year-old girl.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Derek’s attorney made arrangements for the second-team all state linebacker to turn himself in.

David was booked into the Milam County Jail in Camer- on and released after posting $20,000 bond.

Newlin said charges stemmed from an incident in which the 16-year-old came to a school official at the RHS softball field and reported a sexual assault.

Newlin said the girl told police she had been approached and asked to accompany a male student to his aunt’s house to play video games.

Newlin said the incident happened at that home and termed it “forcible.”

Police said the girl asked the assailant to stop but he refused.

The victim was taken to Scott & White Hospital, Temple, where she underwent trauma testing.

Police Chief Thomas Harris and Ofc. Adam Assaker questioned the suspect but did not ask for an arrest warrant until obtaining the results of medical tests.

Harris said the suspect admitted to having sex with the girl.

Police said the girl “was not David’s girlfriend.”

David, who had initially committed to play football at Texas Tech, but later decommitted, was Rockdale’s leading tackler in 2010, logging 76 stops despite missing part of the season with a broken ankle.

The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker was first team all-district at that position and was also an All-Centex selection.

He was removed from RHS classes and placed in an alternative school following last Wednesday’s arrest.

David’s athletic future remains in doubt. In addition to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Alabama, Southern California and Ohio State had expressed interest in him.

The arrest has been a topic of discussion at Internet booster sites of many colleges since the arrest.

Sexual assault is a second degree felony and a conviction can be punishable by two to 20 years in prison.


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