RUSTON, La. (AP) _ Four former football players at Grambling are no longer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, but of having consensual sex with her.

The four, plus another former Grambling student, are to be arraigned Monday on the charge of having sex with a juvenile.

It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, rather than the 40-year maximum for forcible rape, with which the men originally were booked.

The Lincoln Parish District Attorney's Office also dropped charges of aggravated oral sexual battery against the men.

Problems with the case prompted the change last week, Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hearn said Friday.

The girl had told campus police Nov. 9 that the men forced her to have oral sex and sexual intercourse with them in a men's dormitory room after the school's homecoming football game.

Grambling expelled Michael Mitchell Gooden, 19; Marlon Evis Jones, 20; Dalin Montrell Smith, 19; Emmitt Michael Smith, 18; and Christopher Edward Sorrell, 19, after they missed two disciplinary hearings.

School officials said they expelled the students Dec. 5 for violating school rules against sexual intercourse on campus and having a female in men's dorms.

Grambling president Raymond Hicks declined comment on the decision to reduce the charges.