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Suspended BGSU football player accused of rape, found guilty of gross sexual imposition

William Houston (Source: Bowling Green Police) William Houston (Source: Bowling Green Police)
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - A former Bowling Green State University football player has been found guilty of gross sexual imposition.

William Houston was originally charged with attempted rape and arrested in July of 2014.

According to a Bowling Green Police report, a woman told police she had allowed Houston to stay with her. The woman told police she woke up to find Houston on top of her sleeping roommate with his pants down. The report also says Houston was holding the victim down by force and put his hand inside her underwear. 

BGSU conducted an investigation and in September suspended the sophomore running back for two years. The campus hearing under the code of student conduct last September also found him responsible for "sexual contact without permission."

Students on campus say they've heard of things like this happening before, but never thought it would be at their own school.

"It kind of surprised me. It doesn't seem like that would be something that would just happen out of the blue, especially so close to home, and by close to home I mean my own football team, players from the team. It was surprising though," said BGSU student Malik Hakim. 

Houston is scheduled to be sentenced May 18. He could face a fine up to $10,000 and anywhere from nine months to five years in prison.

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