July 15, 2009

Ex-Cal football player sentenced for rape

A former University of California-Berkeley football player has received a four-year prison sentence for raping one student and assaulting another.

Alameda County, Calif., Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon sentenced Noah Smith, 23, Tuesday.

Prosecutors had sought a 17-year sentence, the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported.

The newspaper said Smith was arrested in 2007 after a fellow UC-Berkeley student complained to police he had forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her in an apartment. Police said another woman accused Smith of trying to rape her, but that she had escaped.

Smith, who was a wide receiver for the school's football team, denied assaulting or raping either woman but was found guilty of the charges this year, the newspaper said.