FRESNO, Calif. – Two junior college football players pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old runaway in an attack that may have involved eight other men.
Mackey Davis, 20, and Eddie Scott, 19, did not speak during the short arraignment in Fresno County Superior Court as lawyers entered pleas on their behalf to single counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Bail was set at $55,000 each.
Police have identified eight other men as "persons of interest" in the attack Saturday night at an apartment complex where the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted multiple times by several men. Most of the men played football at Fresno City College or Reedley College.
Davis, from Port St. Lucie, Fla., transferred from Reedley to Fresno City College.
Scott, who is from West Palm Beach, Fla., had signed to play for Division II Ferris State University in Michigan. He was taking a class at Fresno City College.
Evidence found in the apartment indicated sexual activity, and more arrests were possible pending DNA test results, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The girl fled from the apartment and was examined at a hospital and placed under the care of Child Protective Services.