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Friday, April 27, 2007

Former Canadian Football League QB arrested on sex charges

A former pro football quarterback working as a substitute teacher and athletics coach at a high school has been arrested on suspicion of sex abuse and public sexual indecency with a female student, police said.
Scottsdale Unified School District officials said police were investigating alleged improper off-campus conduct between Tom Porras and a 17-year-old Saguaro High student at Porras' home Wednesday.
Porras, 49, was taken into custody Thursday at the school and placed on unpaid administrative leave, said district spokeswoman Marijke Van Fleet.
Porras played a combined 17 seasons in the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and defunct United States Football League. He led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup championship in 1986 when he was holder on Paul Osbalidson's six field goals.
Porras, known for his singing prowess off the field, also played for Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg.
He started his pro career in the USFL with Chicago and Arizona before heading north. He was barred from his first tryout in Montreal when he was told the team already had its compliment of 400. But he jumped the fence to join the tryouts and was signed the next day.
Porras, who retired from pro football in 1996, has worked for the school district since 2003 and was a substitute teacher at Saguaro High as well as an assistant football and track coach.


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