Child rape charges against former ASU, NFL athlete

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Former player appeared in court

PHOENIX - Former Arizona State and NFL player Danny Villa is in police custody after his arrest on charges that he raped a child.

Villa was arrested in Tucson Saturday night, one day after a warrant was issued for him in Massachusetts.

Police say Villa faces three counts of raping a child over the age 14 and three counts of enticing a minor. He will likely be extradited to Massachusetts on those charges where he is a high school football coach.

Villa played offensive line in the NFL for 12 seasons including for the Arizona Cardinals in 1992.

He also starred at ASU from 1984 to 1986.