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North Carolina's DT Arrested


North Carolina defensive tackle Brian Norwood was arrested Wednesday and charged with raping an 11-year-old girl.

Norwood, 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sex offense of a child, three counts of felony crime against nature, and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

A grand jury indicted Norwood and nine other men on sex charges resulting from a series of incidents alleged to have occurred two years ago.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators say the 10 men, some of them in their 40s, raped the girl several times.

Following his arrest, Norwood was released after posting a $24,000 bond. His first court appearance will be Aug. 16.

Attempts to reach Norwood were unsuccessful.

North Carolina coach Carl Torbush suspended Norwood from the team after learning of the situation on Monday.

"Brian Norwood has been suspended from all football-related activities until his pending legal situation is fully resolved," Torbush said.

A red-shirt freshman, Norwood came to North Carolina a year ago as the most highly touted defensive line recruit in the state.

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