Ex-Cal Player Faces Sex Charges in South Bay Case

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM PDT
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Ex-Cal Player Faces Sex Charges in South Bay Case

A Gilroy man was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court  Wednesday afternoon on a felony sodomy charge in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl over the weekend, a district attorney's spokeswoman said.
     
R.J. Xavier Garrett, 22, has been charged with one count of felony  sodomy against a person under 18, district attorney's spokeswoman Amy Cornell said. If convicted, Garrett faces three years in prison.
     
Garrett played for UC Berkeley's football team as a fullback in  2006, according to the school's Web site.

The San Jose Mercury News says Garrett was kicked off the team after being arrested on suspicion of robbery back in 2008.
 
Gilroy police arrested Garrett on Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl in her early teens and forcing her to stay at his house for about an hour on Sunday, Gilroy police Sgt. Wes Stanford said.
     
Police have not released the name and age of the girl, but said  the two met for the first time at a fast food restaurant on Saturday and exchanged numbers.
     
They continued to communicate by phone and text message and the  victim eventually agreed to meet Garrett at his home in the 8600 block of Delta Drive on Sunday, where the alleged sexual assault occurred, Stanford  said.
     
Stanford said the victim reported the assault from a friend's  house after Garrett allowed her to leave.
     
He is being held on $500,000 bail and will appear at the South  County courthouse in Morgan Hill to enter a plea on March 30, Cornell said.
         
Gilroy police are asking anyone who may have had a similar  experience with Garrett or who has information on the case to call Detective  Jason Smith at (408) 846-0333. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call (800) 782-7463.

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