No jail time for ex-Notre Dame player in sexual attack

Updated: October 24, 2003, 4:28 PM ET

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A former Notre Dame football player convicted of sexual battery avoided jail time Friday.

Abram Elam was given an 18-month suspended sentence by Judge Roland Chamblee Jr. Elam also was placed on probation for two years and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Elam was among four former players charged with an alleged sexual attack on a female student in March 2002. He was the only one of the four not charged with rape, but the only one to be convicted of any charges.

After a jury last month acquitted Donald Dykes of rape charges, prosecutors dropped similar charges against Lorenzo Crawford and Justin Smith.

Elam was convicted in August of felony sexual battery but acquitted on more serious charges of conspiracy to commit rape and criminal deviate conduct.

In court Friday, Elam apologized but the judge denied a request by Elam's attorney to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.

The victim testified at the sentencing hearing and asked for the maximum three-year prison term for Elam.

The four men were expelled from Notre Dame for what the university called sexual misconduct.

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