Former Missouri State guard Cardell McFarland has been charged in connection with an alleged rape in Indiana.
McFarland, of Evansville, Indiana, who started for the Bears as a freshman in 2008-09 before being released from the team during his sophomore season, was arrested and charged after police say he raped a woman at her home on Monday night.
The woman, who received treatment at a local hospital the same night of the incident, told police she has only known McFarland, 33, for a few months. She said McFarland came to her house Monday evening to “hang out,” but she told him over the phone before he arrived that she was not interested in having sex with him, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit says McFarland made sexual advances toward the woman after he arrived, including touching her inappropriately despite the woman telling him to stop. The advances escalated to McFarland raping her before she was able to get him to leave, according to the document.
The woman detailed telling McFarland several times to stop and reiterating that she didn’t want to have sex with him. According to the affidavit, she told police “she probably said no like 30 times” and alleges McFarland was using his cell phone to record at one point.
During questioning by detectives, McFarland reportedly initially denied any involvement before admitting he was at the victim’s home Monday night. “At some point in time during the interview, (McFarland) admitted to having sex with (the) victim,” the affidavit said. McFarland “then recanted his story.”
McFarland started 19 games for the Bears as a freshman in the program’s first season under then-head coach Cuonzo Martin. He averaged 6.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
The next year, he played in five of the team’s first 11 games scoring just 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He was dismissed from the team before Missouri Valley Conference play began due to a violation of team conduct rules while he was home at Evansville during the team’s scheduled holiday break.
McFarland then transferred to Division II Kentucky Wesleyan near Evansville where he earned first-team all-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors in 2012, averaging 18.9 points.
McFarland became an assistant men’s basketball coach at KWC in the fall of 2020. His coaching information has been removed from the team’s website.
McFarland was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail early Tuesday morning and is being held without bond. He faces a preliminary charge of rape, a level three felony.
The Evansville Courier & Press contributed to this report
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