Police: Player had sex with 15-year-old

Updated: November 23, 2004, 5:09 PM ET
Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State point guard Frank Brown was arrested Tuesday morning on rape charges and was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely.

Brown, 20, of Las Vegas, is charged with three counts of rape for having sex with a 15-year-old girl three times within the past week. The age of legal consent in Montana is 16.

The charges say the girl could not consent because of both her age and level of intoxication. In at least one instance, authorities say the girl was passed out drunk.

The girl told police Brown provided her with liquor and that she drank five shots.

In court documents, Bozeman police Detective Richard McLane said Brown admitted to having sex with the girl and knowing she was underage.

Justice of the Peace Scott Wychman set Brown's bail at $20,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 3. He has not entered a plea.

Brown was suspended from the team indefinitely, said Peter Fields, MSU athletic director. Fields met with the players Tuesday morning, after Brown's arrest.

"They were shocked," Fields said.

The team left at about noon for San Jose, Calif., where they play San Jose State Wednesday night.

Fields said he learned about the investigation late Monday, after Montana State's 69-61 overtime loss to Southern Methodist. Brown, a junior, led MSU with 16 points.

Brown, who played in all 27 of MSU's games last season, averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season for Montana State (0-2).

MSU coach Mick Durham has players sign training rules that prohibit them from drinking alcohol during the season.

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