Father of alleged rape victim angry at Huskies coach

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 13 at 9:36 AM

SEATTLE -- The father of a teenager who says she was raped by a prominent University of Washington basketball player says he is outraged and wants to know why the player is still being allowed to take the court for the Huskies.

In interviews with 97.3 KIRO-FM radio and KING 5 News, the 16-year-old victim's father says it will be a long time before his daughter recovers from the attack, and that she still has not returned to school.

KING 5 News is not naming the player because he hasn't been charged. He is expected to play against Stanford Thursday night.

"I think to myself 'how sick is this guy?' If you're a Pac-10 basketball player and you couldn't get someone your own age?" the father says. He says he's been sick to his stomach ever since he learned what allegedly happened to his daughter.

"He was a basketball player, kind of like, to her, a star, what a lot of people would like to meet," he says.

The man says his daughter met the athlete on Facebook and decided to meet him face-to-face last weekend.

"They ended up meeting at a McDondald's. They ate. From there, they drove to the Central Area. They stopped by the liquor store and, from there, they went to the apartment," he says. That's where she tells police the player sexually assaulted her.

UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar says he doesn't have enough information on the allegations to act on them. The alleged victim's father says he's outraged by the university's position.

"So, when I see this guy running around playing basketball and that's the guy that did this to my daughter and there's nothing happening to him and his name is not out in public yet? It boils my blood," said the father.

Seattle police won't comment except to say that it's an active and open investigation. It's unclear whether the player has even been brought in for questioning.

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