By April Reynolds
A Tech running back who was
arrested and charged with forcible rape after a complaint from a female student
is free after posting the $40,000 bond set by a judge.
Mark Dillard, a sophomore basic and career studies major,
was released Jan. 9 from the Lincoln Detention Center where he was booked after
his arrest the morning of Jan. 6 by Tech police.
Tech Police Chief Steven Quinnelly
said the department received a report on Jan 5 by a female student of a
possible rape or sexual battery which occurred on the previous night.
“We subsequently investigated that report,” Quinnelly said. “Our investigation developed probable
sufficient cause for us to arrest Dillard.”
Quinnelly said the case has
been referred to the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Tech
Office of Judicial Affairs.
Jim King, vice-president of student affairs, said cases
such as these are reviewed by the Behavioral Standards Committee, comprised of
students, faculty and staff.
He said it is not the case that a student will be
dismissed from the university because he is charged with a crime.
“Students are afforded the opportunity for due process
and the first thing that happens is an administrative interview,” King said.
He said precedents have been set, yet each case is
“The university maintains precedents that are in place,
but because each case is unique, different sanctions are in place for the
variety of variables,” King said.
Malcolm Butler, director of sports information, said the
university has already taken disciplinary action.
“Dillard has been indefinitely suspended from the
Louisiana Tech University football team,” Butler said.
“After due process of the law, his case will then be
According to information published in The New Star-
Monroe, Dillard allegedly gave a taped confession of the rape upon
interrogation, but is not reported to have had any previous discipline problems
in the past.
Dillard is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 7.