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Dillard arrested, suspended after rape accusation

RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech's leading rusher last season
has been arrested and booked on charges of forcible rape, university police
confirmed Monday.
Mark Dillard was released Monday on $40,000 bond after being
accused by an acquaintance of forcing her to have sex, police chief
Steve Quinelley said.
The arrest report, on file at the Lincoln Parish Detention
Center, said the incident occurred Wednesday. Dillard, of Baton
Rouge, was arrested by Tech police Friday morning.
A university spokesman said Dillard had been suspended from the
team indefinitely.
Dillard's lawyer, state Rep. Richard Gallot, said Dillard has
cooperated in the investigation. He declined to discuss specifics
of the case but said nobody should rush to judgment.
"As the case develops, we will see that the charge that he was
arrested on was not a reflection of the events that occurred,"
Gallot said.