A second La Salle University basketball player surrendered yesterday in Philadelphia to face charges that he and a teammate raped a visiting female athlete on campus last month.
The men's and women's basketball coaches at La Salle were placed on administrative leave, in part while the school investigates their alleged handling of an earlier rape allegation, university spokesman Jon Caroulis said yesterday.
Gary Neal, 19, of Baltimore, who surrendered to police yesterday, and Michael Cleaves, 22, of Paterson, N.J., who turned himself in Thursday night, are both accused of participating in the sexual assault, according to the charges, which include unlawful restraint and conspiracy. They are no longer students at La Salle.
A basketball player from the University of New Haven in Connecticut told police she was assaulted by the pair in a La Salle dormitory in June. The woman was working at a youth basketball camp while the La Salle players were taking summer classes, a university spokesman said.
The arrests came after DNA evidence matched samples taken from the suspects, authorities said.
Men's coach Billy Hahn, a former University of Maryland assistant coach, and women's coach John Miller were put on indefinite paid leave on Tuesday, the school said. During their leave, assistant Bill Dooley will oversee the men's program, and assistant Tom Lochner will coach the women.
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