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Nile Ranger: Footballer Cleared Of Rape
Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been cleared of raping a woman in a hotel.
The 22-year-old striker, who now plays for Swindon Town, denied the claim, saying they had consensual sex after going out drinking together in Newcastle.
He said he had never engaged in sexual activity with a woman against her will.
The jury found him not guilty after a week-long trial.
The two met in a city centre bar and went to different clubs before booking into the Carlton Hotel in Jesmond.
She told the trial she had no memory of the night after the first bar they were in until she woke up naked next to Ranger in bed.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the footballer told her she should take the morning-after pill.
She left and they continued to swap messages that day, it was claimed.
The woman then visited her GP, was checked at hospital and made a rape allegation to police.
Following his arrest, Ranger told the police they had sex more than once and that she had engaged "whole heartedly".
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