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ENMU soccer recruit accused of rape, university rescinds scholarship

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PORTALES, NM (KRQE) – A University of New Mexico has said no thanks a soccer player who has just been charged with rape.

Eastern New Mexico University withdrew the recruit's scholarship offer this week after to discover the accusations.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Gaines' the opportunity to play soccer in The next level may have ended, at least in ENMU.

"We do not want to have an instinctive reaction , but these are some pretty serious accusations, "said Dr. Greg Wagoner, athletic director of ENMU.

According to a court document News 13 obtained, Gaines is accused of raping an incapacitated woman and petting another, both too drunk or high for consent for sex – in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska in April.

The outstanding runner and linebacker signed to play with ENMU in February, but when the school found out about the accusations, they canceled the first-year student's scholarship.

President Dr. Jeff Elwell said regularly You receive notifications that mention the Google online university on your phone.

Said the accusations came to light when a newspaper in Alaska reported the crime and contacted the athletic department immediately. They had not heard of him yet.

The people we spoke to were torn apart with the decision of the school.

"At this time, it was probably the I hope that if it is discovered that he is innocent, they will reconsider his scholarship, "said Susan Plumlee, a resident of Portales.

"I think everything comes down to the case ", said William Gardener, another resident of Portales . "You are punishing someone before you are found guilty" ]

"I think it was a very targeted decision," he said Kendall Romero, who went to ENMU. "It can always be restored if it turns out that is not what happened" .

Wagoner says that they will wait and leave that the judicial process develops.

"As with anything, the due process has to take its course me.People are innocent until proven guilty, but they are some very serious legal charges ", said Wagoner .

Gaines was charged with sexual assault last week.

Currently out of jail under bail.

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