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Cornell University men’s basketball player faces rape charge

Bill Courtney

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney angry with a call in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Syracuse won 67-46. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)


ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) A member of the Cornell University men’s basketball team has been arrested on rape charges.

The Ivy League school’s police department said Tuesday that 19-year-old Xavier Eaglin was arrested Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation. He’s charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act. Police didn’t provide details on what led up to the arrest.

The freshman from Raywood, Texas, was arraigned Monday in Ithaca City Court and was being held Wednesday in the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

It’s unclear if Eaglin has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

There was no immediate comment Wednesday from university officials.

The 6-foot-7 forward played in just seven of Cornell’s 28 games and didn’t score any points. Cornell played its season finale at home Saturday.