Stony Brook basketball player arraigned on rape count

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) A Stony Brook basketball player from California has been arraigned on charges of raping a minor.

Sophomore Blair Mendy is accused of engaging in sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl at a campus apartment on Dec. 20.

The 22-year-old from San Jose faces third-degree rape and other charges. A judge set bail Thursday at $2,000. His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Mendy's father told Newsday he could not believe the charges. Augustus Mendy says he taught his son to make the right choices.

The newspaper reports that Mendy is the fourth player from the team to be arrested in the last 10 months.

Stony Brook made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament last year.

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