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Man Linked to BYU Rape Case Appears in Court

Man Linked to BYU Rape Case Appears in Court

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- One of two men facing minor charges connected to the Brigham Young University rape investigation case made his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

Suspended BYU football player Antwaun Harris is charged with providing false statements to police. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 18, when he's expected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

Another suspended BYU player, Billy Skinner, was also scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face a charge of dealing harmful material to a minor. But he had his initial appearance continued to January 4.

Four other former BYU players have been indicted on sexual assault and other charges in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl during a party at a Provo apartment last summer.

Court documents from the police investigation unsealed last week show as many as nine players, all newly recruited freshmen, were at the apartment where the incident allegedly took place.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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