DENTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys place kicker Rafael Septien said today he is innocent of charges he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl who was playing with his roommate's daughter.
Septien, 33, surrendered to Denton County officials at about 5 p.m. Thursday and was booked on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. He was released less than an hour later after attorneys posted a $10,000 bond, said Sheriff's Capt. Jim Neal.
A Denton County grand jury Thursday returned the first-degree felony count against Septien, the all-time leading Cowboys scorer with 874 points.
The indictment alleges that Septien fondled the girl on Dec. 27 in The Colony, a Dallas suburb in Denton County.
Septien told Mexican television viewers by telephone today that he is innocent of the charges, and that the family had retracted the accusation.
'I want to clear up to the fans and to the Mexican people that I am innocent of these charges and that the family of the girl who was allegedly attacked has already retracted the charges,' Septien told Juan Dosal, sports reporter for the morning news program 'Hoy Mismo,' in a telephone interview from Texas.
District Attorney Jerry Cobb and The Colony, police, however, said they knew nothing about a retraction. Cobb said there were also allegations Septien had abused the child more than once.
Cobb said the victim was the friend of the daughter of Septien's roommate.
'She was a friend of this little girl who was over at this house,' Cobb said.
Jay Ethington, one of Septien's attorney's, reiterated his innocence.
'He is not guilty of the charges, and we intend to plead not guilty,' Ethington said. 'It comes as a complete surprise to him. He is shocked and dismayed, and there is just disbelief. He is just devastated.'
Septien is married and has a 2-year-old son. At the time of the alleged crime, he was separated from his wife and was living with a friend in The Colony, sheriff's officers said.
Cowboys General Manager Tex Schramm said, 'My only statement is obviously this type of charge is offensive to us, but also we believe that every man is certainly entitled to his day in court.'
Septien is the all-time leading scorer for the Cowboys. Through the 1986 season, he had scored 874 points.
A 10th round draft choice by the New Orleans Saints in 1977, Septien, who played college football at Southwestern Louisiana, was released by the Saints and then signed by the Rams. He played one season with the Rams, was released and picked up by the Cowboys. He has played for Dallas since 1978.
Septien runs a Dallas public relations firm and has several businesses in Mexico. He is the son of the late Carlos Septien, a member of two Mexican World Cup soccer teams.
Evidence was presented to the grand jury Thursday by an investigator with the district attorney's office, officials said. No witnesses appeared.