Tulane, woman alleging on-campus rape ask judge to seal lawsuit _lowres

Niquel Q. Veal

A star Tulane University recruit who had been expected to play football for the school in the fall was suspended from the team Tuesday after New Orleans police arrested him on an accusation he raped an 18-year-old woman last week.

Niguel “Teddy” Veal, a 17-year-old freshman, was booked with one count of simple rape. The woman told authorities he sexually assaulted her at around 3 a.m. April 14.

Police, in a brief synopsis of the case, said the victim had been introduced “to two unknown males by a known female,” and that she “began drinking” with them and accompanied the men to their dorm to watch a movie.

“The victim stated she engaged in consensual sex with one of the males and then went to sleep,” the police synopsis said. “Upon awaking, she was sexually assaulted against her will by the other male.”

Veal, a Harvey native, was released Tuesday evening on a $20,000 bond set by Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell. He was required to sign an order to stay away from the alleged victim. A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning at Criminal District Court, court records show.

University officials confirmed Veal’s suspension from the Green Wave football team, but said in a statement that federal law “prohibits the university from disclosing any disciplinary action taken against a student regarding his or her enrollment in the university.”

Veal starred at wide receiver at West Jefferson High School, where he was a three-year letterman, and had been rated a three-star recruit by ESPN. He also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track and field and was a member of the A/B honor roll, according to a Tulane online biography.

Staff writer Ted Lewis contributed to this report