- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

[12:40 p.m.]

A Duke University lacrosse player charged with raping a stripper will stand trial on an assault charge in the District.

Collin Finnerty remains free pending a July 10 trial date.

Mr. Finnerty appeared before D.C. Superior Court Judge John Bayly this morning for a status hearing in connection with a November assault in Georgetown.

Mr. Finnerty had entered a diversion program after being charged in the case, but the judge decided the terms of the agreement had been breached by the arrest in the Duke case.

Mr. Finnerty is one of two students charged with rape in Durham, N.C., in connection with an off-campus party held by lacrosse team members last month.

In the District case, Mr. Finnerty and two other men are accused of punching a man after he told them to “stop calling him gay and other derogatory names.”

Mr. Finnerty faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of simple assault in the District case.

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