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Roberts to go on trial for misdemeanor

HOUSTON -- More than 70,000 people caught Mark Roberts' last
performance in Houston. Only six will be needed for the next one.

Roberts, the 39-year-old Brit who shed a phony referee's uniform
on the field at the Super Bowl and danced a jig in nothing but a
thong, intends to go to trial June 21 on a misdemeanor trespassing
charge.

"I wonder how many witnesses they'll call?" Roberts told The
Associated Press on Thursday while watching defense attorney Sharon
Levine set his trial date with a county court-at-law judge in a
Houston courtroom. "I mean, they could call tens of thousands."

His case will be heard by a six-person jury. If convicted of the
Class B misdemeanor, Roberts could spend up to six months in jail
and pay a fine of up to $2,000.

Roberts' performance Feb. 1 was clearly visible to fans shortly
before the start of the second half but was not shown by CBS, which
was still reeling from Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring
during the musical interlude.

Plenty of other cameras captured him, however, and his stunt was
shown repeatedly on television and on the Internet after the game.

Roberts doesn't deny he was the one who darted onto the field in
a tear-away striped uniform, stripped near the kicking tee before
the second half began and started dancing while displaying a
skin-borne advertisement for an online casino.

Police were slow to react, and it was New England Patriots
linebacker Matt Chatham who leveled Roberts before officers carried
him off the field.

The Liverpool man's Web sponsor carries images of the incident
on its Web site and Roberts does the same on his own Internet page,
www.thestreaker.org.uk.

Roberts and Levine, who works for famed attorney Richard
"Racehorse" Haynes, intend to argue no one told Roberts he was
not allowed on the field.

His court appearance Thursday came two days after a man pulled a
similar stunt Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park during the Houston
Astros' game against the St. Louis Cardinals. One difference was
that the baseball streaker was naked.

"That's rude isn't it?" Roberts said with a grin. "The man's
got no class."

Police said Roberts got into the Super Bowl -- and through
several layers of security -- with a legitimate ticket. He wore a
ref's uniform under civilian clothes, and both outfits were held
together with Velcro to allow for a quick strip.

According to his site, Roberts has streaked more than 300 times.
He has cases pending in Paris and back home in Liverpool, and his
Super Bowl moment was his first North American venture.