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Docs: McNary ‘preserved’ clothes, bedding from accused rape

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Rape and battery charges have been filed against an Indianapolis Colts player, according to court records.

According to court documents, charges were filed on Wednesday against Colts linebacker Josh McNary.

McNary faces charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in personal injury. McNary was in custody at the Marion County Jail Wednesday evening and bonded out sometime overnight.

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Court documents show the incident happened on Dec. 1, 2014 when McNary forced the victim to submit to sexual intercourse. The documents say that McNary intentionally touched the victim in a “rude, insolent or angry manner,” which resulted in the victim being injured.

Police say they were dispatched to a call around 5:50 a.m. for a woman wanting to report a rape that happened about an hour before the call, according to court documents. The victim told police she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man in an unknown location. The victim told police she was with co-workers when she was at a downtown bar before she later arrived at the unknown man’s apartment.

In the documents, she told investigators the man began kissing her face and neck but that she turned away. She then said he became more aggressive and the two started fighting.

The victim also told police that she was physically assaulted before being sexually assaulted. In the documents, she told investigators that she said “no” and to stop on “multiple occasions.”

She was able to take the man’s cell phone before fleeing the apartment.

Police were able to confirm the phone belonged to McNary. When officers went to McNary’s apartment on North Illinois Street, he told officers he knew why they were there.

According to the court documents, once inside detectives saw bedding near a washer/dryer. McNary told them, “I preserved it for you because I knew you would be coming.” The documents state he then pointed to a pile of clothes and said, “that’s her stuff right there.”

McNary was then taken down to the police station for questioning. After he was read his Miranda rights, he declined to comment.

According to the documents, McNary was then taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital where detectives said scratches were found on his body.

A statement was released about the incident from the Colts.

We are aware that there has been a report about Josh McNary, but unfortunately that’s the limit of our knowledge.  At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information  to venture any opinion.  As we learn more we will make appropriate updates.

McNary’s attorney, Ed Schrager, released this statement to the Associated Press:

“The charges and affidavit publicly disseminated on Wednesday afternoon are not evidence of wrong doing but simply one side’s story. Joshua has full and confidence in the American way, including its justice system, which he pledged to protect and defend as a West Point graduate and lieutenant in the United States Army.”

McNary signed with the Colts in 2013. He was the all-time career leader in sacks and tackles for loss while playing for Army, according to the Colts roster.


Hot Pockets heir gets 5 months in prison for college scam

BOSTON (AP) — An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters’ way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam.

Michelle Janavs, whose father and uncle invented the microwaveable Hot Pockets turnovers before selling their company, showed no emotion as the judge delivered his sentence after she apologized for abandoning her moral compass and hurting her family and friends.

“I am so very sorry that I tried to create an unfair advantage for my children,” she said.

The judge told Janavs that prison time was needed to deter others who might have the gall to use their wealth to break the law and dismissed her argument that her actions were motivated by a love for her children.

The “vast majority of parents do not brazenly try to push their kids in the side door” of universities through bribery, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said. “They don’t love their children any less than you do. They just play by the rules of common decency and fair play.”

Janavs, of Newport Coast, California, is among nearly two dozen prominent parents who have admitted to participating in the scheme by paying huge sums to people willing to cheat on entrance exams for their children or pretend their kids were star athletes for sports they didn’t play.

Janavs admitted to paying the consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, $100,000 to have a proctor correct hertwo daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also agreed to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California but was arrested before the girl was formally admitted, prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Kearney asked for 21 months behind bars, telling the judge that Janavs showed a “flagrant disrespect for right and wrong and an attitude that she is untouchable.”

“She believed she and her children were deserving of an illicit edge over other students and no one could stop her,” Kearney said.

Janavs’ lawyers portrayed her in court documents as a dedicated mother and philanthropist who fell for Singer’s “manipulative sales tactics” because of the love for her children and stress of the hypercompetitive college admissions process.

They argued that the actions were out of character for Janavs, who after working for her father’s company dedicated her life to volunteer work and charities to help underprivileged children.

“She is a truly good human being. She did an extremely wrong thing here,” Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. told the judge.

Her family’s company, Chef America, was sold to Nestle in 2002 for more than $2 billion.

Other parents who have pleaded guilty in the case include “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers.

Fifteen other parents — including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli— are fighting the charges. The couple, who are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC, could go on trial as early as October.