Ex-OSU athlete faces new charges

Wednesday, January 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- A former Oklahoma State University football player with a history of legal problems has been accused of marijuana possession and contributing to a minor. Denshio L. Cook, 21, was arrested following a routine traffic stop shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports.

Before Cook pulled over, arresting officers noticed a lot of movement in the vehicle as though items were being stuffed under the seat, reports say. Officers searched the vehicle with a dog and found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia, police records say. Cook, who lists his home address as Savannah, Ga., was also cited for transporting an open container of alcohol, no tag and contributing to the delinquency of a minor because of the 17-year-old girl whow as with him. The girl was cited for minor in possession of beer and tobacco, providing false information to a police officer and was arrested on a warrant from the Payne County Sheriff's Office.

Cook had pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree rape in June 1998 and received a five-year deferred sentence plus 50 hours of community service and court costs. He had been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Cook was charged with marijuana possession in July 1998.

For the drug charges, he received five years suspended sentence except for 120 days in jail, with credit for time served, and one year in the county jail suspended for good behavior. The sentence was modified later to include two years of state Department of Corrections supervision. Because of the drug charges, an application was made in July to accelerate his deferred sentence on the rape charge.