BU hockey player held in sex assault

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

University spokesman Colin Riley said in a phone call Sunday that university police arrested Nicastro after a female BU student accused him of sexual assault.

"That's what our concern is, for the victims of alleged sexual assault," Riley said.

According to WBZ-TV in Boston, Nicastro was arrested at around 6:30 a.m. The alleged assault happened on the BU campus.

"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, according to BU Today, a university publication.

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, according to multiple reports. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Brighton District Court, Riley confirmed.

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, 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.