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Florida State player facing rape charge

An arrest on sexual assault charges can turn a person's life upside down. If convicted, the accused faces prison time, as well as the stigma of being branded for life as a sex offender. A Florida State University football player is dealing with these potential repercussions as he faces felony charges of rape.

According to the allegations of prosecutors, after an evening with friends, the young man went home to his apartment with a woman friend he had known since high school. The woman had apparently spent the night at the football player's apartment previously. On the night in question, the two went to sleep with their heads on opposite ends of the bed.

The alleged victim claims she woke up to find the man kissing her. She says she told him to stop, and he walked out of the bedroom. She says he then came back to the bedroom and attempted to have sex with her. She says she fought him off and left the apartment. She drove away and called police.

These are very serious charges, and they call for an equally serious defense. Unless there is strong physical evidence to corroborate the woman's story, this may be a case of the woman's word against the accused's. Defense counsel will have to review the woman's story in detail and highlight any inconsistencies. If enough weaknesses are found in the prosecution's case, it may be possible to negotiate a plea agreement that will result in the dismissal or reduction of the charges. If the case goes to trial, an effective cross-examination of the alleged victim will be critical for the defense.

Source: WCTV.tv, "FSU Wide Receiver Gregory Dent Arrested for Sexual Assault," James Buechele, June 10, 2013

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