May 3, 2013

4 Morehouse students accused of rape free on bond

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Four Morehouse College students accused in two rapes have been released from the Fulton County jail on $10,000 bond each, and their attorneys deny the charges that have been brought against them.

One indictment charges Malcolm Frank and Chukwudi Ndudikwa with raping an 18-year-old student from nearby Spelman College in early March. The indictment also charges Tevin Mgbo with kidnapping, reckless conduct and sodomy. The indictment alleges the three took advantage of a woman who was under the influence of an unknown substance.

An attorney for Mgbo says his client was present, but never touched the alleged victim.

“My client is devastated, he’s dismayed, he’s shocked,” attorney Jackie Patterson told WXIA-TV. “He cannot believe that he’s been lumped into this activity solely by just being present.”

Frank’s attorney, Kenneth Adams, says the sexual relations between the woman and his client was consensual.

“I’m really amazed that they arrested him based on what I’ve seen in their own investigation report,” Adams said. “This was by no stretch of the imagination a rape.”

Attorney Clifford Hardwick IV says sexual contact between the woman and Ndudikwa was consensual, and his client will be exonerated.

Ndudikwa, Mgbo and Frank are listed on the school’s 2012-13 basketball roster.

A separate indictment charges Lucien Kidd, a former Morehouse football player, with raping a Spelman student off campus.

Adams, who is also representing Kidd, says neither of his clients has done anything wrong.

“There is no clearer way to say it. They are absolutely innocent,” Adams told WGCL-TV.

Officials in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office say the incidents are still under investigation, and dates for any potential grand jury indictments have not been set.  

Morehouse is a historically black men’s college in the Atlanta University Center — near Spelman, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College, west of downtown Atlanta.

News of the allegations surfaced just weeks before President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to speak at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 19.