California Judge Allows Rapist to Play College Football Before Serving Sentence

A community college in California will let an athlete play on its football team this fall before he serves a six-month sentence for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. Officials at the College of the Sequoias said they felt obliged to keep Jeffrey Engstrom on the team because a judge had decided to let Mr. Engstrom finish his degree before beginning his term.

"I'm not sure we would be" on solid ground in keeping him off the team, said Michael Vogt, athletics director at the