BU's Max Nicastro pleads not guilty

Updated: February 21, 2012, 9:53 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Associated Press

Boston University men's hockey player Max Nicastro was arraigned on two counts of rape Tuesday in Brighton District Court.

Prosecutors allege Nicastro raped a female BU student on campus in the early-morning hours Sunday. Assistant district attorney Gloriann Moroney said the "upset and tearful" victim contacted police, who interviewed her and other individuals and then called an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital, where she was treated and later released.

Police then arrested Nicastro at his on-campus residence, at 10 Buick St., early Sunday morning.

On Tuesday, Nicastro entered the courtroom handcuffed, wearing a sleek, gray suit and holding a legal pad over his face to avoid the assembled cameras. He stood with the pad in his right hand, his left hand holding his right wrist, throughout the appearance in court.

His mother, who had flown in from the family's home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was in attendance.

Judge Franco Gobourne ordered Nicastro freed on $10,000 cash bail and issued a no-contact order, forbidding any direct or third-party interaction with the alleged victim. The judge impounded documents detailing the case, citing privacy concerns.

A plea of not guilty was automatically entered on Nicastro's behalf.

Nicastro is due back in court on March 26 for a probable cause hearing.

"We believe that when all the facts are out there, this will not be a criminal act," defense attorney Hugh Curran said during the arraignment.

Curran also said that Nicastro plans to complete his degree in business administration at Boston University, including taking classes this summer in order to graduate on time. But a university spokesman said late Tuesday he's no longer enrolled at BU.

The 21-year-old 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 has been suspended from the nationally ranked team pending the result of the investigation.

In December, Terriers leading scorer Corey Trivino was dismissed by the team after he was charged with sexual assault. Coach Jack Parker says he's troubled by the allegations but doesn't think they reflect the program's culture. Parker says players are warned every season about the dangers of alcohol abuse and sexual harassment.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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