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Ex-Spartanburg college baseball player accused of FL rape

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Taylor Childers (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Taylor Childers (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

A former student and a baseball player at Spartanburg Methodist College who was accused of trying to rape a girl in January also faces similar charges in Florida, according to police.

Panama City Beach police said Taylor Childers, 19, is accused of raping someone he met while vacationing there last summer. Police said they have a warrant issued for one count of sexual battery from June 1, 2012.

Police said they had been talking with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office about the case because Childers is currently being held on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in Spartanburg.

Spartanburg County deputies said Childers was with some other students at the victim's apartment at the Campus Core Apartments on Valley Falls Road. They said that after everyone left, Childers returned to the woman's apartment, broke in and then assaulted her while she was asleep on the couch.

Investigators said the woman was able to fight off Childers, who left his clothes behind when he fled the apartment. Childers was later arrested on Jan. 27.

Spartanburg Methodist College President Colleen Keith said Childers was no longer a student or athlete since his dismissal from school on Jan. 28 for disciplinary reasons and he would not be allowed to reapply.

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