Wingate charged with rape Ex-Dunbar star held in Howard Co.

September 18, 1990|By Michael James

David Wingate, a former star at Baltimore's Dunbar High now playing for the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, was charged yesterday with the second-degree rape of a 17-year-old Columbia girl, Howard County police said.

Wingate, 26, who attended Georgetown University and played on the Hoyas' 1984 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship team, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The alleged incident occurred Sunday at a Columbia apartment that Wingate recently rented during a stay in the area. Court records say the victim reported that she continuously refused Wingate's advances to her while she lay heavily intoxicated on a bedroom floor.

According to the victim, she arrived at the apartment, in the Clary's Crossing development, about 6:30 p.m. for a party. Once there, she, her sister, Wingate and two of his male friends began drinking beer and tequila, police said.

The victim reported that she drank heavily while at the party and became so drunk that she had to go into the bathroom to be sick on two occasions, a court statement said.

She then went into an empty bedroom and lay down on the floor. Wingate entered the room shortly afterward and lay down next to her, telling her she was going to be all right, court papers said.

Wingate, according to the victim's testimony, then began to indecently touch her, even though she told him repeatedly to stop.

The victim also reported that she tried to resist physically but "she was so drunk and felt so out of it that she was helpless," court records said. Her sister then walked into the room and found Wingate lying on top of the victim, police said.

Police say the two sisters then left the party to contact police. An examination done by a physician revealed that intercourse had taken place, the court records said.

Detectives interviewed the victim, her sister and father before contacting Wingate, who was arrested late yesterday afternoon at police headquarters after an interview.

Along with second-degree rape, Wingate, whose residential address is listed as the 11300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, is charged with battery and a fourth-degree sexual offense. He was being held on $10,000 bond last night at the Howard County Detention Center.

In court records, he admitted to a police detective that he had sexual intercourse with the victim. He also admitted that "the victim had been drinking and vomited after drinking on at least two occasions," court papers said.

"However, he stated that the intercourse was consensual," the court records said.

Wingate, appearing in black sweat pants and a black sweat shirt last night at the Howard County District Court Commissioner's office, declined to comment on the charges.

As a senior at Dunbar, Wingate starred on the Poets' undefeated 1981-82 team. Also on that team were Reggie Williams, Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues and Reggie Lewis, all of whom went on to play in the NBA.

Last season with the Spurs, Wingate, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 6.8 points in 78 games as a backup. San Antonio acquired him from the Philadelphia 76ers in August 1989 with guard Maurice Cheeks and center Christian Welp for guard Johnny Dawkins and forward Jay Vincent.

Wingate was a second-round draft pick of the 76ers in 1986 and played there for three seasons, averaging eight points. Injuries limited him to 33 games in his final season with Philadelphia.

At Georgetown, Wingate averaged 12.8 points in four seasons, during which the Hoyas made two Final Four appearances.

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