UCLA football player arrested on suspicion of rape, suspended from team

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Posted: Oct 09, 2015 3:44 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A football player at the University of California, Los Angeles has been arrested in the alleged rape of a female student at an off-campus house party last year, police said on Friday, and was quickly suspended from the team.

Adam Searl, a 20-year-old walk-on punter from Irvine, California, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon following an investigation by Los Angeles Police Department investigators, the department said in a written statement.

He was subsequently released on bail.

"We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously," UCLA head football coach Jim Mora said in a statement released to Reuters.

"Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time," Mora said.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb)