- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 18, 2000

A prized George Washington men's basketball transfer was charged yesterday with first-degree sexual abuse.

District of Columbia native Attila Cosby was arraigned in D.C. Superior Court for an incident involving a 46-year-old woman that occurred early Monday morning.

According to police reports, the woman met Cosby at the corner of New Jersey Avenue and P Street NW. After a brief conversation, she returned to Cosby's residence in the 2100 block of F Street NW to test some drugs for him.

Once inside Cosby's on-campus residence, he forced the woman at gunpoint to perform oral sodomy, she told police. Cosby then escorted her out of the building through a basement exit with a sweater over her head.

Surveillance tapes obtained by police showed Cosby and the woman entering the building together through the front lobby. The tapes also showed the pair exiting through the basement with the woman's head and face covered.

The security card system showed that Cosby used his student identification card to enter the building at the same time shown on the surveillance tape. Police took Cosby's photo ID and placed it into a photo lineup, and the woman picked it out.

The incident is said to have taken place about 5:40 Monday morning. Cosby turned himself in Tuesday at the 2nd District Precinct and is scheduled to return to court next month.

Cosby had been expected to start eventually at center for a Colonials team that went 15-15 last season. His primary strengths are in rebounding and shot-blocking.

"The university has received questions about Attila Cosby with reference to his membership on the basketball team," GW athletic director Jack Kvancz said. "Mr. Cosby is a transfer student who has been at GW for one semester. He is not a member of the basketball team at this time. His status as a team member will be determined by resolution of issues currently pending."

Cosby, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward/center, transferred to GW from New Mexico last semester and sat out last season. He is on scholarship and will be eligible to play for the Colonials in late December. However, he began working out with the basketball team when he was admitted to GW for the spring semester. In fact, the athletic department is trying to backload GW's non-conference schedule at the conclusion of the fall semester so Cosby can play in as many games as possible.

"The privilege of representing this university and its athletic department on the basketball court is one that is not lightly conferred by GW," Kvancz said. "We remain very hopeful that all matters will be favorably resolved and that Mr. Cosby's educational and athletic endeavors can move forward."

Cosby began his college career at Pittsburgh and started every game his freshman season (9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds) and sophomore season (8.4 and 5.3). He fought with team manager Oliver Antigua at the end of his sophomore season, but no disciplinary action was taken.

Cosby was expelled from DeMatha High School in 1995, his sophomore year, and transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He was considered the top prospect in Virginia during his senior season, when he averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Some publications listed Cosby as a top-50 recruit nationally when he signed with Pitt during the November early signing period in 1996.

Cosby transferred to New Mexico from Pitt after Panthers coach Ralph Willard resigned in January 1999. Panthers assistant coach Troy Weaver, who was Cosby's AAU coach in Washington for D.C. Assault, took a job at New Mexico on Fran Fraschilla's staff and Cosby followed. Cosby grew disenchanted with New Mexico, and family issues necessitated Cosby's return to the nation's capital.

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