PC basketball great and former Brown volunteer coach arrested in Cranston

CRANSTON, RI (WPRI) — 1990’s Providence College basketball star Abdul Abdullah was arrested in Cranston on a statutory rape warrant in connection with a 2005 case in Georgia that ended with him pleading guilty.

Abdullah, 46, was pulled over by a Cranston police officer Monday for allegedly running a stop sign according to the incident report.

The report said the officer conducted a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check on Abdullah and discovered there is an outstanding warrant from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in the Decatur, Georgia area, for a “Probation Violation regarding a Statutory Rape charge.”

Court records indicate Abdullah pleaded guilty to statutory rape in 2005, after he was arrested in 2003 for an incident in 1999. Abdullah was initially charged with six counts, and according to his court file, he was sentenced to 10 years, with six months to serve.

A warrant for Abdullah’s arrest was issued in November of 2006 in connection with the case.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has not responded to requests for comment about why the warrant was issued, but the Cranston incident report stated the Georgia agency “advised to hold [Abdullah] as a Fugitive [from] Justice.”

In Georgia, an adult having sex with a person under the age of 16 can provoke statutory rape charges, even if the other person consents to the act. Abdullah was in his 30’s at the time of the crime.

Abdullah was ordered held without bail following a brief hearing Tuesday afternoon in Kent County.

According to the police report, Abdullah’s child was in the car with him when he was pulled over on Monday. The mother came to the scene to take custody of the child.

Abdullah, who also played at CCRI, is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, playing for Providence from 1992-1994.

According to Abdullah’s LinkedIn page, he volunteered as an assistant basketball coach at Brown University from July 2010 to May 2012.

A PC athletic department spokesman said he had no comment.

A Brown spokesman also would not comment, and pointed out Abdullah has not worked at the university for about five years. He has not responded to a follow-up email about whether or not Brown ran a background check on Abdullah before he was hired as a coach, five years after his guilty plea and four years after the arrest warrant was issued.

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