A Maryland judge has allowed former Terps center Damonte Dodd to play basketball professionally in Poland as he awaits a trial for charges of second-degree rape and second-degree assault.
Dodd, who played for Maryland from 2013 to 2017, was indicted in July and is accused of rape stemming from an incident that took place in College Park on Oct. 31, 2017.
Dodd agreed in July to turn in his passport as a condition of his release, but his attorney requested an emergency hearing to get the passport back, according to court records.
“That’s certainly something we argued against,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Spokesperson Gina Ford said, per NBC4. “We feel like he should be treated like anyone else and we feel like he should have had to stay in the state of Maryland pending his trial until it’s resolved.”
Dodd’s trial is scheduled to begin in November, according to The Diamondback.
Here are a few details of the case from a statement released by Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks last month:
On October 31, 2017, the victim and friends went to Terrapin’s Turf Bar to celebrate Halloween, where she met Dodd for the first time. He bought her alcoholic drinks and later left the bar with her, taking her to a friend’s College Park apartment.
While the victim was intoxicated, in the early morning hours of November 1st, Dodd had sexual intercourse with her against her will and an occupant in the apartment confronted him upon awaking. The victim reported it to police five days later and Dodd admitted to the sexual acts, but said it was consensual.
A warrant was issued for his arrest and Dodd was taken into custody yesterday upon returning to the United States from overseas travel. He is currently being held in Atlanta. His next hearing is scheduled for July 12th at the Prince George’s County courthouse.
The Polish basketball team GTK Gliwice announced in April that it had signed Dodd. As part of the judge’s ruling, Dodd will be required to check in with his attorney every week, according to the Associated Press.