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Friday, May 14, 2004
QB convicted on misdemeanors

Associated Press

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Marcus Vick was cleared of charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl, but he was convicted of serving alcohol to a minor.

Vick, the brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Vick's lawyer, Marc Long, said he would appeal.

Two other Virginia Tech football players, running back Mike Imoh and wide receiver Brenden Hill, were also convicted on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 19-year-olds also were sentenced to jail time and fined.

The charges stemmed from a late-night party Jan 27 at the apartment Vick and Hill share.

One of the girls said they were given shots of vodka and asked to strip and kiss. She said all three girls undressed and gave the players lap dances. One of the girls testified Vick had sex with her 15-year-old friend.

Virginia Tech's rules governing the conduct of student athletes does not automatically suspend players from a team for misdemeanor charges, but convictions trigger a review by athletic director Jim Weaver.

Jail time won't immediately change the players' status with the university, school spokesman Larry Hincker said after the verdict.