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Dixie Player Accused of Sexual Abuse Also Wanted in Boston Cocaine Case

April 24, 1996

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) _ A Dixie College basketball star arrested on charges of forcible sexual abuse, burglary and kidnapping also is sought by Boston police in a crack cocaine possession case.

Winford McRae, 21, was named in an arrest warrant issued by the Boston District Court last October when he allegedly failed to show up for a court hearing.

McRae, the top returning scorer for the Dixie men’s basketball team, remained in the Washington County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $75,000 bail. He is accused of fondling a girl and a woman in two separate incidents this spring and was charged last Friday with four felony counts in 5th Circuit Court.

McRae was charged with forcible sexual abuse and burglary, both second degree felonies, in connection with one incident in late February or early March.

Dixie College officials said those charges stem from an incident in which McRae allegedly entered a female student’s room uninvited and was told to leave.

The other charges of aggravated kidnapping, a second degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse stemmed from an April 10 report by a female high school student that McRae had pulled her into a room and detained her.

Dixie officials are considering possible suspension or expulsion for McRae.

The county attorney’s office said it has been in contact with Boston authorities, but it is likely McRae’s pending Utah charges will be handled first.

Dixie spokesman Mark Petersen said the college screens athletic recruits and turns away those with criminal convictions. McRae’s October warrant was issued after he passed the campus security check and became a student, Petersen said.

Karl Brooks, Dixie athletic director, acknowledged the precautions are not always foolproof.

``It’s hard to know,″ he said. ``It’s such a gamble. We’ve had trouble with returned (Mormon) missionaries who have impeccable credentials.″

Brooks said to his knowledge McRae was a ``good citizen.″

As a high school sophomore in Boston, McRae was the Boston Globe Division Three player of the year in 1991 and led East Boston High School to the state finals.

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