Cops Studying Tyson Rape Allegation

Sheriff's detectives in California are far from charging Mike Tyson as they investigate a sexual-assault allegation.

"I would say an arrest is not imminent, and we don't have a warrant for his arrest," Chip Patterson, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokesman, said Monday. "We are still in the position of investigating an allegation that was made against him.

"I think, in the final analysis, the case likely will be submitted to the district attorney for his review."

Patterson said the department would ask the 35-year-old former heavyweight champion to speak with investigators but had no way to compel him to answer questions before or after filing charges.

"We are actively cooperating with the local San Bernardino County district attorney," said Darrow Soll, Tyson's attorney in Phoenix.

Tyson did not respond to reporters waiting outside a temporary chain-link fence when he arrived at the Madison Gym in central Phoenix for Monday's sparring session.

On Sunday, Soll called the allegation "without merit" and said he expected the investigation to clear Tyson.

Police Not Ready to Say Rape

Tyson's latest brush with the law developed when a woman contacted deputies July 24 and alleged he assaulted her July 16 at a house he rents during training sessions in Big Bear City, Calif.

Patterson declined to comment on the woman's condition, but said some of the evidence gathered was physical.

"Her condition is something I don't want to disclose at this point," he said, adding, "We haven't been using the word 'rape.' I'm not at liberty to use it yet. We're trying to be nondescript on purpose."

Tyson was convicted of rape and related charges in 1992 and spent more than three years in an Indiana prison. Other women, including actress Robin Givens, his first wife, have accused him of abuse.

He had a minor incident earlier this month when he walked out of a store without paying for $25 worth of candy. But the store owners said Tyson returned to apologize, saying he thought his companions had paid for the candy.

Tyson left California last week and resumed training in Phoenix for a planned fight Sept. 8 with Danish boxer Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen.

Boxers, including Oscar De La Hoya, train at Big Bear. The 6,500-foot altitude helps develop aerobic conditioning, but Tyson and trainer Tommy Brooks move to Phoenix in the summer.

Tyson believes working out sans air conditioning in the triple-digit temperatures of the low desert help him shed fat and build mental toughness.

He needs the fight in Denmark to sharpen his skills.

Tyson's last bout was Oct. 20 at Auburn Hills, Mich., when Andrew Golota quit after two rounds. Tyson is the WBC's top-ranked contender, and is supposed to have a mandatory challenge of heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman in November.