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    Scooby Johnson, Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2020, charged with rape

    Carlos “Scooby” Johnson, the 2020 Mr. Basketball winner in Michigan who was a prized recruit for Butler University, has been charged with rape, attempted rape and sexual battery, crimes that could land him in prison for more than 30 years.

    Prosecutors in Marion County, Indiana, filed charges Thursday, after an alleged incident in Johnson’s dorm room in February, late in a college basketball season that Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward, did not play because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

    Johnson, who starred at Benton Harbor High School in southwest Michigan and was the state’s Division 2 player of the year as a senior, is no longer enrolled at Butler, the school announced Thursday. He has not been allowed on campus since the alleged incident.

    “The university takes these allegations very seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, violence, and harassment, per our Sexual Misconduct Policy,” the Butler athletic department said in a statement. “Our top priority is the safety of our students and campus community, and the university provides support and resources to all students. Out of respect to the students’ federal privacy rights and the ongoing criminal process, the university is not at liberty to divulge additional information at this time.”

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