PITTSBURGH -- A woman arraigned Friday on charges that she
falsely accused several St. John's basketball players of rape told
police she had agreed to have sex with the men for $1,000,
according to an arrest affidavit.
After having sex, the players refused to pay her so she called
police and told them she was raped, police said.
Sherri Ann Urbanek-Bach, 38, of New York, was arraigned on
charges of prostitution, attempted extortion and filing fictitious
reports. Urbanek-Bach, who did not have an attorney at the brief
hearing, was freed Friday after posting $20,000 bond.
Urbanek-Bach met the players at a strip club hours after the
team lost a game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, and then
went back to a hotel, police said.
Doubts about Urbanek-Bach's story were raised after one of the
players gave investigators his cell phone, which he had used to
videotape some of the encounter, police said.
While no criminal charges were filed against the players, St.
John's disciplined the men "for violation of team rules and
behavior inconsistent with St. John's mission and values."
Grady Reynolds, a senior, was expelled from the Roman Catholic
school; leading scorer Elijah Ingram, a sophomore, and senior
Abraham Keita were permanently suspended from the team and both
could be expelled.
Freshman Lamont Hamilton and senior Mohamed Diakite were
suspended and freshman Tyler Jones faces discipline that has not
been determined, said school spokesman Dominic Scianna.
The players went to the club in McKeesport after St. John's lost
to Pittsburgh 71-51. Urbanek-Bach told police she met the
players at 2:30 a.m. at the strip club.
The players were not made available for comment by the school.