Rape investigation of ex-soccer team owner reopened

Police have reopened a rape investigation into former Seattle Impact professional indoor soccer team owner Dion Earl following his indictment on sexual-assault and kidnapping charges in Arizona last year. (Mesa Police Department)

Police have reopened a rape investigation into former Seattle Impact professional indoor soccer team owner Dion Earl following his indictment on sexual-assault and kidnapping charges in Arizona last year. (Mesa Police Department)

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have reopened a rape investigation into a former Seattle professional soccer team owner after he was indicted on sexual-assault and kidnapping charges in Arizona.

The Seattle Times reports onetime Seattle Impact owner Dion Earl has remained behind bars since being accused in October of sexually assaulting two women, ages 18 and 21, while they baby-sat his children in separate incidents at his Mesa, Arizona, home.

Earl's lawyer, Jocquese Blackwell, declined to comment on the case, other than to say his client isn't guilty.

Earl initially denied intimate contact with the two baby sitters. But under further questioning, he claimed they'd been the sexually aggressive ones.

Prosecutors have offered the 45-year-old Earl a plea-bargain deal of three to 12 years in prison while he awaits a March trial.