Charges dropped after two others acquitted

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Charges against two former Notre Dame
football players accused of rape will be dropped after one former
teammate was found innocent and another was convicted of a lesser

The announcement Monday means that Lorenzo Crawford, of Prospect
Park, N.J., and Justin Smith, of St. Petersburg, Fla., will not
stand trial.

The woman accused the four men of luring her into a bedroom in
March 2002 after she met Smith at a bar and agreed to go with the
men and another woman to Smith's home. She said the men repeatedly
raped her.

The men, who were expelled from Notre Dame for what the
university called sexual misconduct, said the sex was consensual.

Special prosecutor Maureen Devlin said she made the decision to
dismiss the charges after talking to the woman who accused the men
of raping her.

Devlin said her decision was based on the result of the first
two trials. Donald Dykes was found innocent last month of rape and
conspiracy to commit rape. Abram Elam was convicted of sexual
battery but acquitted of conspiracy to commit rape and criminal
deviate conduct.