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Former Missouri cornerback arrested, charged with rape

University of Missouri Police arrested a former Tigers walk-on cornerback early Saturday morning after he was charged with first-degree rape.

David Sowell, 20, was arraigned by video Monday in Boone County Division XI on one count of rape or attempted rape in the first degree, a felony. He was booked in Boone County Jail, where he was held on $100,000 cash-only bond. He also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, a female acquaintance.

Sowell, from Homewood, Ill., was listed as a freshman on Missouri’s 2013 preseason roster, but he was dismissed from the team for violating team rules “about a week in August camp,” according to a MU athletics spokesman. The reason for the dismissal was not for legal reasons, according to the spokesman.

Sowell was not on the Tigers’ 2014 spring roster and has not been with the team for nine months. He never appeared in a game.

MU Police were dispatched to Campus View Drive in Columbia shortly before midnight Friday after the female victim reported an acquaintance rape.

According to university records, a David Sowell with the same middle initial as the suspect remains enrolled at Missouri and is classified as a sophomore.

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