Villa to have extradition hearing on Jan. 6

Updated: December 29, 2008, 5:02 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- An extradition hearing has been scheduled for a former NFL player accused of child rape.

Danny Villa was ordered held on $50,000 bail Monday pending the Jan. 6 hearing in Tucson, Ariz. Massachusetts authorities want him returned to the state to face three counts of rape of a child over 14 and three counts of enticing a minor.

Villa resigned as football coach at Walpole High School last week after school administrators said they received a credible allegation of criminal misconduct. He surrendered in his native Arizona on Saturday.

Villa's lawyer says his client will plead not guilty.

Villa played offensive line in the NFL for 12 seasons, including six with the New England Patriots.


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