Friday , Jul , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Player charged, La Salle basketball coaches suspended

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – On the same day two La Salle University
head basketball coaches were put on paid leave, men’s basketball player
Michael Cleaves was charged with sexual assault Thursday in connection to an
alleged attack last month.

Earlier in the day, the university placed men’s head basketball coach Billy
Hahn and women’s head coach John Miller on administrative leave with pay
because of the ongoing sexual-assault allegations against two men’s basketball

Cleaves, 22, turned himself in as he faces charges of rape, involuntary
deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, unlawful restraint, false
imprisonment and conspiracy. Authorities also say he faces a other counts.

The charges stem from an alleged June 24 incident when a 19-year-old student
from the University of New Haven in Connecticut told Philadelphia police that
she had been raped in the early morning. The student said the incident took
place in a dormitory at St. Miguel Court on the La Salle campus after a party
where there had been drinking.

Authorities are waiting for a second La Salle player to turn himself in in
connection with the case.

In a letter sent last week to La Salle students by Dean of Students Joseph J.
Cicala, he advised that the basketball players in question were no longer
enrolled nor living at the school.

Police are also continuing to investigate an accusation by a 20-year-old La
Salle student that a men’s basketball player raped her in April 2003. The
woman, who is a player on the women’s basketball team, came forward shortly
after the student from the University of New Haven said she had been
assaulted. According to police, though, the woman claims she was told by her
coaches to keep the incident quiet.

Under federal law, schools must tell alleged sexual-assault victims of their
rights to notify law enforcement.

The announcement of the administrative leave for Hahn and Miller came just one
day before the summer recruiting period began, which allows coaches to be able
to evaluate prep prospects at basketball camps across the country.