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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Wright was suspended after arrest

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against Southern California cornerback Eric Wright, who had been arrested for investigation of sexual assault, authorities said Wednesday.

"We rejected filing sexual assault charges against Eric Wright because of insufficient evidence," district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said. "We also were presented a case that he possessed the drug Ecstasy, but we could not move forward on that case, either, because a witness did not want to testify."

The decision came just hours before the 19-year-old redshirt freshman from San Francisco was scheduled to be arraigned.

Wright was arrested March 26 at a campus apartment by officers investigating reports of an assault. He was booked for investigation of rape and posted $100,000 bail.

A call to USC was not immediately returned. Following Wright's arrest, Michael Jackson, the university's vice president of student affairs, said the school would investigate the matter.

Wright underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January. He was taking part in spring practice but was suspended by Trojans coach Pete Carroll after the arrest.

Wright started four games last season and intercepted two passes -- the second during USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, giving the Trojans the national championship.