KWC men’s assistant basketball coach charged with rape

EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) The Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball assistant coach and former Bosse High School basketball star has been charged with rape. In an interview with an Evansville Police Detective, Cardell McFarland denied any wrongdoing.

According to a probable cause affidavit, McFarland went to the victim’s home to “relax”. The victim told police that McFarland first assaulted her in the shower. She said she hadn’t told him several times. The victim says McFarland raped her later, although she “probably said no 30 times”. The affidavit then says the victim texted her roommate saying she had been raped. McFarland then left the victim’s home.

The affidavit goes on to say that in an interview with police, McFarland initially denied ever visiting the victim’s home. He later admitted to going to her house, but denied having had sex. Police said McFarland told detective he had not forced himself on the victim. At one point, McFarland had a stomach ache and the detective must have found him a trash can.

McFarland led Bosse to the Class 3-A State Championship game in 2007. He is being held without bail at Vanderburgh County Jail.

Kentucky Wesleyan issued this statement:

Cardell McFarland was a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2020-2021 season. His temporary assignment ended in April. Kentucky Wesleyan College will work with law enforcement as needed, allowing the legal process to take its course.

Eyewitness News contacted the prison for a response from McFarland, but he refused.


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