High school football star Crosley MacCeachan’s rape charges dropped

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High school football star Crosley MacCeachan's rape charges dropped

Ohio prosecutors dropped a rape indictment against a local high school football star who was accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping teenage girl, saying that new “information came to light” in the case.

Crosley MacCeachan, 18, who graduated from the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, was arrested in June and indicted for one count of rape, one count of sexual battery, and one count of gross sexual imposition. He was released on a $100,000 bond. 

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced on Thursday that, “Information came to light after MacEachen was indicted that has changed our understanding of this case.”

“This dismissal is not a comment on the guilt or innocence of MacEachen,” Deters said in a statement.

Prosecutors did not disclose the new information.

“Our job as prosecutors is to seek justice. It is not to seek convictions,” Deters said.

Ohio prosecutors dropped a rape indictment against Crosley MacEachen.
Ohio prosecutors dropped a rape indictment against Ohio high school football star Crosley MacEachen.
Hamilton County Sheriff

“We have an ethical obligation to only proceed on cases where we believe there is a likelihood of success at trial. Based on the information we have today, we will not be proceeding further.”

A teen girl had alleged that MacCeachan, a standout football player at the prestigious private school, assaulted her in her Symmes Township home on Dec. 6, 2020, according to court documents cited by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The girl said she woke up at about 5 a.m. with MacEachen “on top of her,” having sexual intercourse with her, the newspaper reported.

“She pushed him off of her and realized she was naked, despite wearing clothes when she went to sleep,” according to the documents.

MacEachen was also accused of previously grabbing the girl’s buttocks in a separate incident.

His attorney Scott Croswell had maintained his client’s innocence, saying the allegations were “unproven.”

MacEachen had planned to play football at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the fall.

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