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Jazz Rookie Faces Rape Charges

July 5, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Utah Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson is scheduled to be arraigned on statutory rape charges Friday after allegedly admitting he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Stevenson, a 6-foot-5 backup guard who went into the NBA from high school, faces up to three years in state prison if convicted of the felony.

The girl told police that the 20-year-old Stevenson, his best friend and former high school teammate DeShawn Anderson, 19, and Spring Hill College’s Richard Millsap, 21, took her and a 15-year-old friend to a motel. There, she said, Stevenson and Anderson gave the two girls alcohol and had sex with them.

The 14-year-old told her mother, and Stevenson admitted to the mother in a tape-recorded telephone call that he had sex with her daughter, according to court records.

Stevenson and Anderson will be arraigned in Fresno County Superior Court.

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