MADISON, Wis. -- Rape charges were dropped Tuesday against
former Wisconsin running back Dwayne Smith and his friend after
questions were raised about the credibility of the alleged victim.
A charge of second-degree sexual assault against Smith was
reduced in Dane County Circuit Court to a charge of obstructing
officers. Smith agreed to pay a $300 fine and court costs and
complete 40 hours of community service.
Assistant District Attorney Jac Heitz said DNA testing showed
part of the woman's story was not true.
Smith, 20, the Badgers' leading rusher as a sophomore last
season, was charged along with his friend, Anwar Jones, 23, last
February after the woman said she was assaulted at a party.
Smith left the Badgers in August after learning he had a
previously undetected heart condition. He remains in school and has
served as a student assistant football coach.
"This is a total vindication of Dwayne Smith," said his
attorney, Charles Giesen. "He has maintained his innocence from
the beginning and always said he never committed a sexual
The obstruction charge remained because Smith allegedly lied to
police at the beginning of the case by denying any sexual
involvement with the woman. He later admitted having what he said
was consensual sex.