Second La Salle player turns himself in
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Gary Neal became the second La Salle
basketball player to face sexual assault charges after he surrendered to
police on Friday.
On Thursday night, Michael Cleaves, 22, turned himself in to authorities and
along with Neal faces a lengthy list of sexual offense charges, including
rape. Both players are no longer enrolled or living at the school.
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.
In addition, the university placed men’s head basketball coach Billy
Hahn and women’s head coach John Miller on administrative leave with
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.