Ex-Pats Player Held on $100K for Child Rape

A former New England Patriots lineman and high school football coach has been ordered held on $100,000 cash bail after he was charged with raping a 15-year-old female student over a three-month period.

Danny Villa, who also was the athletic director at Walpole High School, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Wrentham District Court to three counts of rape of a child and three counts of enticing a minor under age 16.

Judge William Powers also told Villa to stay away from the girl and her family, Walpole schools and any children under 16 except his own.

Villa's attorney said she planned to appeal the bail decision.

Prosecutors said Villa was the girl's basketball coach before she entered high school. He was charged after her parents allegedly found hundreds of text messages she received from the man.

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