PHILADELPHIA -- A third La Salle basketball player has been
charged with rape over an alleged 2003 sexual encounter with a
female player from the school that was reported to coaches at the
time but not to police, officials said.
Dzaflo Larkai, 22, a forward who attended high school in
England, surrendered Wednesday on rape and related charges, said
Sgt. Sean McGlinn of the Philadelphia Police Department's special
Larkai had his ties with the university severed after his
arrest, La Salle spokesman Joe Donovan said.
Larkai was being held for processing late Wednesday; the
identity of his lawyer was not immediately available.
The case -- combined with the July arrests of teammates Michael
Cleaves and Gary Neal, who allegedly raped a severely intoxicated
female basketball camp counselor -- led to the resignation this
summer of La Salle's men's and women's basketball coaches.
Larkai's alleged victim played on La Salle's women's team,
prosecutors have said. She told authorities this year that she had
informed both women's coach John Miller and men's coach Billy Hahn
about the alleged assault at the time, but declined to file charges
at the coaches' urging.
Hahn and Miller have denied that account, saying they kept quiet
to honor her wishes.
Hahn has said the player asked him not to contact authorities or
school administrators, while Miller said she spoke to him in
The woman contacted authorities after learning of the alleged
June 24 assault of the female basketball counselor, a 19-year-old
player at the University of New Haven. She said she had been raped
in April 2003.
According to the New Haven player's testimony at a preliminary
hearing last month, Cleaves and Neal simultaneously raped her as
she vomited in their dorm room sink after a drinking binge.
A Philadelphia judge upheld the charges against Cleaves, 22, of
Paterson, N.J., and Neal, 19, of Aberdeen, Md., saying the woman
was too drunk to have given consent to the alleged acts, Assistant
District Attorney Rich DeSipio said.
Like Larkai, they are no longer enrolled at La Salle.
School officials do not feel the latest arrest will harm the
"It's old news," Donovan said Wednesday night. "... We've
been very good about keeping students and everybody else informed.
... I think the situation here is very much under control."
Maine coach John Giannini was hired to replace Hahn while
Miller's longtime assistant, Tom Lochner, replaced him as women's