Florida Gators runner dismissed from team following arrest on sexual battery charges

A junior member of the Florida Gators' track and field team has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery.

Dumisane Hlaselo, a distance runner from South Africa, is accused of raping his roommate's friend, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report. The incident allegedly happened earlier this month.

He is being held in the Alachua County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The alleged victim reported to police that she fell asleep at Hlaselo's house, where her friend also lives. According to the arrest report, she awoke being sexually assaulted.

Hlaselo, 22, reportedly told police that the alleged victim was semi-conscious when he had sex with her, without her consent. According to the report, he left when she awoke.

"We are aware of the arrest of Dumisane Hlaselo," the UF athletic officials said in a statement. "We find these charges deeply disturbing. He is no longer a member of the University of Florida track and field team."

Florida Gators runner dismissed from team following arrest on sexual battery charges 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:26pm]

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