Sunday, December 28, 2008

Walpole Coach Does Wind Sprints to Escape Rape Charge

And he is a FORMER PRO PLAYER, too!!!

I hate to connect the violence with the football, but if the shoe, er, cleat fits....

"Walpole coach surrenders to police in Ariz.; Accused of raping student" by Erin Ailworth and Benjamin Paulin, Globe Staff And Globe Correspondent | December 28, 2008

The former coach of the Walpole High football team that won a state football championship this month turned himself in to police in Tucson last night after he was charged with raping a student at the school.

Wow, that's a long set of sprints for a lineman.

Daniel Villa, an Arizona native, turned himself in just before 9 p.m., one day after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Wrentham District Court. Villa, who played six years for the New England Patriots, faces three counts of rape of a child over 14, and three counts of enticing a minor, police said.

Police believe the only victim was a female Walpole High student-athlete. The crimes occurred in the past several months, said Walpole Police Chief Richard Stillman. He would not elaborate on the details of the case....


Police thought Villa, 44, a Walpole resident, was going to turn himself in late Friday, said Stillman, but he did not show up. Then, just before 9 p.m. yesterday, Tucson police informed Walpole investigators that Villa was in custody. According to the Pima County jail, Villa is being held without bond on a fugitive warrant....

The investigation began when Walpole school superintendent Lincoln Lynch notified police after learning of an "allegation of criminal misconduct" by Villa, police said. Lynch placed Villa on paid administrative leave Tuesday morning, and he resigned later that morning from his posts as coach and athletic director.

There was no answer at the phone number listed to Villa in Walpole last night, nor at relatives' home in Arizona. Villa led his team to the Eastern Massachusetts Division II Championship against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 6. He played offensive guard, tackle, and center during his 11-year professional career, which spanned from 1987 to 1998.

Villa played for the Patriots, Phoenix Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Carolina Panthers. He started 77 games in his 157-game career.

I guess this will be his LONGEST YARD, 'eh?