BU's Max Nicastro faces charges

BOSTON -- Boston University men's hockey player Max Nicastro was arrested on campus early Sunday morning and charged with sexual assault.

University police arrested Nicastro on the Charles River Campus. BU police chief Thomas Robbins says his department and the Suffolk County district attorney's office are investigating.

The university says a female student accused Nicastro of sexually assaulting her. Robbins says the encountered happened on campus. Few other details were released.

"That's what our concern is, for the victims of alleged sexual assault," university spokesman Colin Riley told ESPNBoston.com over the phone Sunday night.

Riley said the university's trained sexual assault investigators will cooperate with the Suffolk County district attorney's office in the investigation. Nicastro is being held on $25,000 cash bail. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Brighton District Court.

Athletic director Michael Lynch says Nicastro has been suspended from the hockey team pending the outcome of the investigation.

"Once we receive any information like this, we investigate all sides of allegations to see if there has been a violation of the code of student conduct, at which point further action may be taken," Kenneth Elmore, dean of students, said in a statement Sunday , according to BU Today, a university publication.

A university spokesman says he does not know if Nicastro has a lawyer.

Asked if there had been any previous complaints made to BU Police against Nicastro, Riley said, "Not to my knowledge."

Nicastro, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior defenseman, had nine points (three goals and six assists) in 26 games for the Terriers in 2011-12. He is suspended from the team pending the result of the investigation.

Coach Jack Parker was not available for comment, Riley said Sunday, because all the facts of the case are not yet known.

Prior to attending Boston University, Nicastro spent two seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. He was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

In December, BU leading scorer Corey Trivino was dismissed by the team after he was charged with sexual assault.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.