Missouri high school star running back Austin Anderson charged with rape
A standout football player at a Missouri high school has been charged with rape, court documents show.
Austin Anderson, an 18-year-old senior star running back at Festus High School, was charged with second-degree rape and sodomy on Oct. 9 for an attack police said happened at a Festus home in June, according to court documents cited by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Anderson, of Herculaneum, allegedly assaulted the female victim in a bedroom at a friend’s house after she repeatedly refused his advances.
The victim told cops she then spent the next three days in her room, not telling anyone about the attack until August when she informed her mother, who called Festus police, charging documents show.
Anderson, who was named an “Athlete of the Week” by the Post-Dispatch in September, played for Festus as recently as Sept. 25, the newspaper reported.
A Festus School District spokesperson told the Post-Dispatch officials could not comment publicly on what discipline Anderson faced or his eligibility to play football.
A message seeking additional comment from district officials by The Post was not immediately returned early Thursday.
Anderson, who was 17 in June, is considered a legal adult in Missouri. He posted $10,000 bond Wednesday and his attorney did not return a call seeking comment on the accusations, the Post-Dispatch reported.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Anderson was lauded by the newspaper last month after he ran for 252 yards on 20 carries with a pair of touchdowns — including a 90-yard gallop — over De Soto High School. He missed most of last season due to a hamstring injury and earned all-conference honors during his sophomore season, the newspaper reported.
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