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Retired Tulsa Oilers player's rape charge dismissed

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 14:21:06-04

TULSA — Retired Tulsa Oilers star Doug Lawrence saw his first-degree rape and sexual battery charges dismissed on the same day his trial was supposed to begin.

Lawrence, 50, was charged back in June 2017 for allegedly touching a woman’s breast without her consent and raping her at her residence, court documents said.

On Monday, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler dismissed the charges.

"After reviewing this case, we determined that moving forward with the prosecution was untenable at this time," said Kunzweiler. "Our request to dismiss the charges does not change the preliminary information we received. If further evidence is developed, we will review it accordingly. As always, the charging of a person with a crime does not alter that person’s presumption of innocence. That presumption remains until or unless a judge or a jury determines otherwise."

The jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

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