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NIACC basketball recruit accused of sex offense

MASON CITY – A man who signed this summer to play basketball at NIACC is accused of a sex offense on the campus and is now in jail.

Mason City police were called to the NIACC campus, 500 College Drive, on the afternoon of October 2 to investigate a sex offense. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested 18-year-old Rudge Hyppolite on a felony charge of third-degree sexual abuse for an assault allegedly committed on October 1 against a female victim.

Hyppolite is a 6-1 guard from Naples, Florida. He played at Lely High School, averaged 19.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 3.7 steals per game as a senior and helped lead his team to a district championship. Hyppolite was a Class 5A third-team all-state selection.

“He makes 1,000 shots a day,” Lely coach Fritz Jacques was quoted as saying in the Naples News.

Now, Hyppolite is in the Cerro Gordo county jail, held on $10,000 bond. He will face a hearing on October 13.  He has been removed from the school’s athletic website.

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