Sexual assault charge dismissed against former Penn St. lineman

Updated: April 13, 2006, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A sexual assault charge against former Penn State lineman Scott Paxson was dismissed by a judge Thursday.

Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford said Paxson could be tried on two lesser counts -- aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault -- in connection with an encounter between him and a woman at his campus apartment in December 2004.

The woman, a Penn State student at the time, said she went to the 23-year-old player's apartment on after meeting him online. She contends Paxson should have refrained from having sex with her, though she acknowledged she didn't say no or cry for help.

Paxson led the nation in 2004 with five blocked kicks. In 2005, he had 44 tackles and three sacks.

"We are partly pleased," defense attorney Joe Amendola told The Associated Press. "We still believe that the evidence, when shown at trial, will prove Scott's innocence."

Assistant prosecutor Lance Marshall didn't consider the ruling a setback.

"Absolutely not," he said. "There is still a felony."

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