Dillard arrested, suspended after rape accusation

Updated: January 9, 2006, 7:04 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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