Trial ordered in rape case

A former MU football player faces rape and sodomy charges.
Thursday, February 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:39 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The shadow cast over the MU athletic program grew Wednesday.

In a preliminary hearing at the Boone County Courthouse, a judge for the 13th Circuit Court found probable cause to send former MU football player Alvin Newhouse to trial. Newhouse, 19, faces one felony count of rape and one felony count of sodomy.

His accuser spoke for more than an hour in the hearing, detailing what happened the morning of Dec. 12.

In her recounting of the events, the accuser said: After leaving a football party on the night of Dec. 11, she went to a friend’s room. On her way back to her room in Graham Hall at around 4 a.m., the accuser saw Newhouse in the hallway. Newhouse pulled her by the arm into his room and asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, Newhouse blocked the doorway, pulled down his shorts and took out a condom from his dresser. He then pushed her to the bed and forced a blanket into her mouth to prevent her from shouting.

The accuser said Newhouse forcibly raped her until his roommate entered the room. Upon seeing her on the bed, his roommate made a crude comment and left, she said.

After speaking with a friend, the accuser went to the MU Police Department station across the street from her residence hall, she said. She was given a rape test kit, and the bruises on the inside of her thighs were photographed.

Patrick Eng, Newhouse’s lawyer, questioned some of her statements. He asked how much she had to drink at the football party, to which she responded that she had two beers.

“No one forced the beer on you,” Eng said. He added that her consumption of alcohol while underage brings her credibility into question. The accuser is 18 years old.

Eng also questioned how nobody in the rooms adjacent to the accuser’s heard her shouts. She said, at first, she thought Newhouse was joking. She said she was confused but not scared, until he pushed her onto the bed. At that point the blanket was forced into her mouth, and she couldn’t make noise, she said.

After being asked to identify Newhouse, the accuser began to cry. During her testimony, she stopped speaking several times to compose herself.

The prosecution brought out a second witness, but Eng objected that her testimony dealt with events unrelated to the case. The judge agreed, and she left the stand.

Newhouse sat across the courtroom from the accuser, rarely moving or shifting his position while she testified.

Newhouse was charged Dec. 13, after which he was suspended indefinitely from the MU football team, and his scholarship was revoked.

He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday in the 13th Circuit Court.

“The judge found probable cause,” Eng said. “Now, 12 people will decide it.”

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