Third UAlbany Football Player Arrested in Rape Case

A third arrest overnight in the UAlbany rape case – and like the first two suspects, he is a member of the Great Danes' football team.

18-year-old freshman Charles Guadagno, of Maryland, was arrested and arraigned early Wednesday morning in Guilderland Town Court. He is now in the Albany County Jail, along with his two teammates, Julius Harris and Lorenzo Ashbourne.

All three are charged with felony non-forcible rape after a female freshman reported she was raped early Sunday morning to campus police.

Ashbourne was in Albany County Court Wednesday morning for a bail hearing. Bail was set at 50-thousand dollars – he has not made bail at this point. Ashbourne does have an attorney, John Casey, who would not comment on the case.

NEWS10 has learned one, possibly both, of the two remaining suspects will be represented by attorneys from the public defenders office. They have not returned our calls at this time.

Meanwhile on campus, Provost Susan Herbst held a student forum Wednesday afternoon in the Campus Center Assembly Hall. The forum was closed to the media so that students could feel comfortable to speak freely about their concerns.

The Guilderland Town Court Clerk tells us all three suspects will have a preliminary hearing Thursday night in town court.

According to the Albany County District Attorney's Office, Harris and Ashbourne have waived their preliminary hearing. No word yet on Guadagno.

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