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UAF basketball player accused of kidnapping now facing rape charges

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player charged with kidnapping a former girlfriend at knifepoint now is accused of sexually assaulting the 18-year-old woman.

Cameron Watts, 18, hid in the trunk of the woman's car and twice forcing her to a secluded spot, authorities said. He also is charged with violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Now new charges have been filed, claiming Watts tied the woman up and raped her in her dorm room Nov. 2.

Authorities said the kidnapping occurred last week, about five hours after the restraining order was granted.

University Police Chief Terry Vrabec said the accusations from the earlier incident didn't surface until police looked at the restraining order case. They have forwarded charges of first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, third-degree assault and burglary to the district attorney's office.

Watts is being held in the Fairbanks Correctional Center on $100,000 bail.

The former Lathrop High School basketball standout was attending UAF on a full basketball scholarship.



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