Vinson Horace Champ, a former "Star Search" contestant, (no photo available) was a  African-American comedian traveling the college circuit at the time -- he was arrested in connection with several rapes. In 1998 he was convicted of one of those rapes, at the University of Nebraska, and he is still a suspect in as many as a dozen attacks on college campuses in six states. 

The violent rapes always coincided with Champ's tour schedule. Champ spit on his victims, quizzed them about their sex lives and asked them to pray for him before he violently violated them.

Champ was arrested in Omaha in early May after witnesses heard a student's screams from a piano room at the Pasadena City College and noted Champ's license plate number as he fled. The entertainer was charged with attempted rape and released on $10,000 bail.

Police departments in at least 4 states are investigating Champ in connection with 4 rapes and 2 attempted rapes in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin. 

Champ was eventually convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Meldrick Taylor, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist and former junior welterweight champion, was taken into custody in 2000 after reportedly being accused of attempted rape.

The 33-year-old boxer who went on to become a minister is accused of attacking a woman Sunday, police told WCAU-TV. Police would not tell the station where in Philadelphia or what time the attack is said to have occurred.

Police told The Associated Press they will make a statement about Taylor but did not say when.

Taylor was being held at the discretion of his probation officer, police said.

Police told WCAU the woman was not believed to have injuries requiring hospitalization.

Taylor is from Philadelphia and started boxing at 8 years old. He won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics and took the IBF junior welterweight title four years later. He never lost a fight until March 17, 1990, when he was defeated by Julio Cesar Chavez, then 68-0.

Taylor dominated until the Mexican champion knocked him down and hurt him badly in the 12th round. Taylor was on his feet when referee Richard Steele waved the fight over with just two seconds left in one of boxing's more controversial decisions.

Taylor went on to win the WBA welterweight belt in 1991, but the Chavez fight had taken its toll. He lost two straight bouts in 1992, then dropped the rematch against his nemesis in 1994.

Oddly, this case disappeared from the headlines.  The outcome was never reported.



A Telford United football player denied a charge of rape when he appeared in court today. Central defender Dion Scott is accused of raping a 34-year-old mother in Redditch between November 13 and 16 last year. At Worcester Crown Court today, Judge Peter Stretton fixed a two-day trial, starting on April 20. Scott, aged 24, is currently living in a bail hostel in Oldbury, West Midlands. - (more sports)

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor was arrested when a police officer allegedly found him having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a parked car. Taylor, 26, of Decatur was charged Thursday with one count each of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He posted $2,000 bond at the jail, DeKalb County police spokesman Dale Davis said Friday.

A world champion runner has gone on trial accused of raping a Coventry University student. Billy Konchellah, aged 42, allegedly told the woman he was desperate for sex before attacking her as she slept. The former runner denies rape but has admitted an indecent assault on another student on the same evening. A jury heard Konchellah's alleged victim had woken up to find him in bed with her. She said: "I could feel somebody on me and between my legs and I felt his hands on both my arms. She ran home sobbing and later reported the attack to police. Konchellah's wife was abroad during the incidents.

A former member of the LaSalle University men's basketball is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 18 on charges of raping a former member of the women's team. Dzaflo Larkai was ordered to stand trial by a judge following a recent preliminary hearing in which the woman testified that he had sex with her while she was asleep. Larkai is charged with rape, simple assault and indecent assault.

Missouri freshman linebacker Alvin Newhouse was charged Monday with forcible rape and forcible sodomy, police said. University police Capt. Brian Weimer said the victim came to police Sunday afternoon, accusing Newhouse of raping her early that morning in his Graham Hall dorm room. Newhouse also had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court from a campus violation, police said. Reno Savala, Newhouse's guardian in Dallas, Texas, said Newhouse said he was innocent, that the intercourse was "consensual."

A former football player, Mondre Dickerson is facing a rape charge a year after being accused of another rape. He posted a 25-thousand-dollar bond and was freed from jail. The Sheriff's Office was alerted by a hospital of a sexual assault victim. The woman told authorities she met Dickerson at a nightclub. Dickerson was suspended from the Vols in 2003, the same day an 18-year-old woman reported Dickerson raped her.


PROVO, Utah -- Former Brigham Young University football player B.J. Mathis, above, who was acquitted in a Provo court last month of rape, also has been eliminated as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Texas, Utah County prosecutors said.

Mathis had been investigated in the alleged rape of a woman earlier this year at her apartment in Garland, Texas.

Utah County prosecutors had sought to introduce testimony that appeared to link Mathis to two alleged sexual assaults in the Dallas area, but neither case was mentioned in the Provo trial.

The Utah prosecutors had said Mathis was suspected to have played a role in the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Richardson, Texas. That incident allegedly occurred during a party he attended his senior year of high school. However, Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said Mathis was never a suspect.

Mathis was investigated by police in Garland, Texas, after his dog tags were found in the apartment of the woman who was assaulted. Semen also was taken from the bed.

Utah County prosecutors say a DNA test of the semen does not implicate Mathis.

Mathis says someone must have planted his dog tags in the apartment.

Four BYU players were accused of raping a then 17-year-old Sandy girl at a player's off-campus apartment in August 2004. Two pleaded guilty to reduced charges and Mathis and Ibrahim Rashada were acquitted of all charges.

The players, who all left the university, contended the sexual activities were consensual.

The girl said she passed out after drinking vodka and woke up to find herself being raped.