Former Patriot Villa surrenders in Arizona

Updated: December 30, 2008, 11:35 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WALPOLE, Mass. -- Former NFL lineman and high school football coach Danny Villa surrendered to police in his native Arizona on Saturday, one day after a court in Massachusetts issued a warrant for his arrest on charges that he raped a child.

Walpole Police Chief Richard Stillman said Villa surrendered to authorities in Tucson and his attorney has indicated that he plans to waive extradition. He faces three counts of rape of a child over 14 and three counts of enticing a minor, he said.

It would take at least a week to process the paperwork for Villa's return to Massachusetts, Stillman said.

The 44-year-old Villa, who spent six of his 12 NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, had been working as a football coach at Walpole High School in Massachusetts. He resigned Tuesday, hours after the school superintendent confronted him about allegations of criminal misconduct filed by a parent a day earlier.

Villa led one of the most successful high school football programs in the state, capping an undefeated season with a championship on Dec. 6 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

He also played in the pros for the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs and spent the 1998 season, his last in the NFL, with the Carolina Panthers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.