Phillips had been expelled for incident

Updated: August 26, 2003, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Penn State football player Anwar Phillips was acquitted Tuesday of sexual assault charges involving another student.

Phillips was accused of having had sex with a female student against her will. In December, he was expelled from the university for two semesters. In March, he was charged with sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault, both felonies.

The case has generated criticism of Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who allowed Phillips to play in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, nearly three weeks after Phillips was expelled.

Although the expulsion hearing was Dec. 13, the expulsion did not take effect until the spring semester began in mid-January.

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