BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State point guard Frank Brown was
arrested Tuesday morning on rape charges and was suspended from the
basketball team indefinitely.
Brown, 20, of Las Vegas, is charged with three counts of rape
for having sex with a 15-year-old girl three times within the past
week. The age of legal consent in Montana is 16.
The charges say the girl could not consent because of both her
age and level of intoxication. In at least one instance,
authorities say the girl was passed out drunk.
The girl told police Brown provided her with liquor and that she
drank five shots.
In court documents, Bozeman police Detective Richard McLane said
Brown admitted to having sex with the girl and knowing she was
Justice of the Peace Scott Wychman set Brown's bail at $20,000
and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 3. He has not entered
Brown was suspended from the team indefinitely, said Peter
Fields, MSU athletic director. Fields met with the players Tuesday
morning, after Brown's arrest.
"They were shocked," Fields said.
The team left at about noon for San Jose, Calif., where they
play San Jose State Wednesday night.
Fields said he learned about the investigation late Monday,
after Montana State's 69-61 overtime loss to Southern Methodist.
Brown, a junior, led MSU with 16 points.
Brown, who played in all 27 of MSU's games last season, averaged
8.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds this season for Montana
MSU coach Mick Durham has players sign training rules that
prohibit them from drinking alcohol during the season.