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Former Dallas Cowboy Running Back Charged With Rape

Joseph Randle's arrest represent the latest in a string of legal problems for the former NFL star.

By JB Nicholas

Former Dallas Cowboys running back and Kansas native Joseph Randle has been charged with rape.

Randle was arrested Friday after police responded to a rape-in-progress call at a Wichita apartment complex, where a 28-year-old woman said Randle had sexually assaulted her, according to the Wichita Eagle, a Kansas newspaper.

The alleged rape happened between 9 p.m.Thursday and 1:11 a.m. Friday, and the woman suffered minor injuries to her face, according to the report.

Randle was formally accused Tuesday with two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated battery, according to the Eagle. He also faces probation violation charges.

The charges also account for two separate alleged incidents - one from last month and another from December 2015, the newspaper reported.

Randle is being held on a $500,000 bond for the criminal charges in addition to a $250,000 bond for the alleged probation violation, according to Sedgwick County Jail records.

Randle wrote in court documents that he has been unemployed for 29 months because he has been in jail, the Eagle reported.

The rape arrest marks just the latest arrest the 26-year-old Randle has racked up since 2014, when he was first arrested in Texas while a Cowboy for stealing a two-pack of black Polo underwear valued at $39.50 and a $84 bottle of “Guilty,” a cologne made by Gucci, according to the arrest report in the case.

A jury convicted Randle in April 2017 of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, criminal threat and marijuana possession for hitting three people with his car while leaving a house party after a game of beer pong, according to the Wichita Eagle.

A partygoer allegedly used a racial slur, and Randle backed into a group of people after he was asked to leave, the newspaper reported.

He was also facing four other criminal charges at the time, but was finally sentenced to five years’ probation for everything in April.

The terms of Randle’s probation subjected him to a midnight and 6 a.m. curfew, unless he was working or in school, and required him to participate in therapy and treatment programs, take medication prescribed to him, and stay away from drugs and alcohol, the newspaper reported.

Randle was awaiting sentencing in a different felony case scheduled for Oct. 9, before he was arrested for rape, according to the Eagle.

[Photo: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Dept.]

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