Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Penn State running back ordered to stand trial

October 18, 2007


— Suspended Penn State running back Austin Scott was ordered by Judge Daniel Hoffman to stand trial on felony rape and sexual-assault charges after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

A simple-assault charge and two counts of indecent assault, all misdemeanors, also were upheld. However, the Centre County District Attorney's Office withdrew two felony charges of aggravated indecent assault because of a lack of evidence.

A trial date has not been set. The accuser testified that she was raped at Scott's on-campus apartment in the early morning of Oct. 5. Scott, 22, pleaded not guilty Wednesday and has maintained that the encounter was consensual.

"It's clear here that this is every man's nightmare - consensual sex that takes place in private," defense attorney John Karoly said.

A red-shirt senior from Allentown, Pa., Scott was not required to take the stand, nor did he speak with reporters after the hearing.


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