Former SDSU footballer pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography

The former San Diego State footballer, who was previously under investigation in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty Thursday to child pornography charges.

Knowlin “Paa” Evaliko, 20, was one of three former SDSU players investigated by the San Diego Police Department in connection with an alleged October 2021 rape at an off-campus party.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced late last year that no charges would be brought against Evaliko and two other players, including Buffalo Bills inductee Matt Araiza, in connection with this investigation. The three men remain defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim.

During a police investigation into the rape allegations, SDPD Lieutenant Adam Sharkey said detectives found child pornography on Evaliko. Police and prosecutors have not commented on the nature of this material.

The criminal case filed against Evaliko alleges that he was in possession of the materials on April 20, 2022.

Evaliko turned himself in to police and has since been released from custody on $200,000 bail.

If found guilty of counting custody, he faces up to three years in state prison and will have to register as a lifelong sex offender, Deputy District Attorney Francesca Balerio said.

After the arraignment of Evalico, defense lawyer Mark Carlos said that he had not received all the evidence in the criminal case. Consequently, he declined to elaborate on the allegations against Evaliko, but did mention that his client had no criminal record.

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