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Rape charges dropped against Red Wings draft pick

Jun 1, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

Max Nicastro

According to the Boston Herald, prosecutors have dropped rape charges against former Boston University player and Detroit Red Wings draft pick Max Nicastro.

Nicastro, taken in the third round (91st overall) in 2008, was arrested in February for allegedly raping a female student on campus. He later pled not guilty to two counts of rape; BU released a statement thereafter saying Nicastro was no longer enrolled at the school.

More, from the Herald:

“I’m just happy it’s done,” the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native said. “My friends and family have been with me the whole time.”

His attorney, Hugh Curran, said NiCastro maintained his innocence throughout the case, but noted “there are no winners” in difficult cases like these.

“I asked everybody to keep an open mind and let the experts do a thorough investigation,” Curran said in a brief interview outside the courthouse. “And that’s what they did. They spent four months, interviewed witnesses, examined all the evidence and declined to prosecute, which speaks volumes.”

The Nicastro incident came at a time when the Terriers hockey team was already under scrutiny. Previously, BU’s leading scorer — Corey Trivino, a second-round pick of the Islanders in 2008 — was arrested in December on numerous charges after he allegedly broke into a woman’s room at night.

Trivino plead not guilty to the charges, but was thrown off the team.

  1. seanb20124 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    He said she said.

  2. wingsdjy - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    The only concern I have is that it should be “innocent until proven guilty”. The article reads that both these players were punished by the school before they were legally proven to be guilty (one is no longer at BU, the other was kicked off the team).

    It seems like it’d be all to easy for someone to falsely accuse a student-athlete and potentially destroy their career. Not saying that’s actually the case for either of these guys (who knows what happened), just throwing it out there.

    • polegojim - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      No excuses or protection for the guilty… but your observation is precisely correct.

      That said, Trivino seemed to have a LOT more negative stuff going on.

  3. ruddigervancity - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Anyone care to revisit their earlier comments?

    • polegojim - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Nope, stand by them then and now.

      Innocent until proven guilty for Max, definitely.

      Taking care of the alleged victim first, absolutely.

  4. scoops1 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    From Dino the Rapist to Max the Rapist

    • polegojim - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      how about… to Max the NOT GUILTY

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