Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Ex-aide only one indicted in Colorado recruiting case


College football notebook

The Associated Press

DENVER - A grand jury investigation into whether booze and sex were used to entice Colorado football recruits ended with an indictment against just one person - a former low-level school employee accused Tuesday of soliciting a prostitute for himself.

The grand jury accused only Nathan Maxcey in its indictment, making no mention of university officials, students or recruits. It decided against an indictment on a charge of "pimping," which accused the recruiting aide of setting up prostitutes for others at a dorm room and hotels used by the Colorado football program.

"This appears to be good news for the University of Colorado athletic department," said attorney Craig Silverman, who has followed the investigation. "It appears that this investigation has fizzled out."

The indictments were handed up last week after three months of testimony but were not made public until Tuesday.

Attorney General Ken Salazar said in a statement that other matters relating to the investigation were still pending, but he did not elaborate.

Maxcey, 28, did not immediately return a call, and a woman who answered the phone at the Texas home of his parents said the family would not comment. He is charged with misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution and two felonies: embezzlement of public property and theft, both related to allegations he used a school cell phone to call a dating chat line.

The charges are the first stemming from a scandal that erupted early this year after three women filed lawsuits alleging they were raped by football recruits or players who attended an off-campus party in December 2001.

Since 1997, nine women have made similar allegations. Prosecutors have not filed any sexual assault charges, citing concerns about the evidence and the reluctance of the women to pursue the cases.

The embezzlement and theft charges accuse Maxcey of accumulating $1,043 in charges on his university-issued cell phone in 90 calls, totaling nearly 100 hours, to a dating chat line. About half the calls were made after Maxcey was told by the university that the practice was unacceptable and that he would have to repay the school, the indictment said.

The solicitation charge accuses Maxcey of paying Pasha Cowan $250 for sex.

"Cowan, who ran an escort service, has alleged that Maxcey paid her $2,500 for three call girls to visit "very young, very athletic men" at Boulder-area hotels. Maxcey has denied the allegations, saying the calls were only to arrange liaisons for himself.

MARSHALL: Defensive end Jonathan Goddard has been suspended from the team's season opener against Troy on Sept. 4 following his arrest on a misdemeanor charge of battery on a police officer, coach Bob Pruett said.

Goddard, a senior, was arrested Sunday morning following a fight outside a Huntington, W.Va., bar. Goddard, 23, allegedly shoved a police officer who tried to pull him off a man who later was arrested on drug and weapons charges.

MICHIGAN STATE: Quarterback Drew Stanton is questionable for the Spartans' Sept. 4 opener at Rutgers because of an ailing knee.

Stanton, a sophomore, injured his right knee in last season's Alamo Bowl. He had offseason surgery to repair a ligament.

"We're listing him as day-to-day," MSU assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said.




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