Former Maryland basketball player accused of rape makes first court appearance

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Former University of Maryland basketball player Damonte Dodd made his first appearance in court Thursday. He was released on a personal recognizance bond and ordered to stay away from anyone involved in the case he'll be tried for in November.

Dodd has been accused of second-degree rape following an incident last Halloween in College Park. The 24-year-old said through his lawyer that the sex was consensual.

In May, a Grand Jury indicted Dodd on the rape charge along with third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex without consent and second-degree assault.

The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office said Dodd left a College Park bar with a woman that he knew was intoxicated and took advantage of her.

"From speaking with the victim there have been concerns-- wanting to make sure there is no contact and wanting to make sure he can't come into the College Park area," said John Erzen, a spokesperson for prosecutors.

Damonte Dodd, 24.

Thursday's court date comes months after the indictment and bench warrant issued for Dodd.

Dodd had been overseas playing basketball but according to his lawyer, Thomas C. Mooney, the former Terp has not been hiding from investigators.

"He's been fully cooperative," said Mooney. "He talked to a police detective; gave his entire account. He maintains his innocence."

Dodd was also forced to forfeit his passport in order to go free.

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