Sexual assault charges expected Friday

Updated: February 23, 2004, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin running back Dwayne Smith was suspended from the team after being jailed Monday on suspicion of sexual assault.

Smith, the Badgers' leading rusher as a sophomore last season, was arrested along with a 23-year-old man after the woman said she was assaulted following a party Saturday night. She met one of the men at a party downtown and was later assaulted at a different location, according to Madison police Capt. Luis Yudice.

The woman was treated and released from a local hospital.

Smith was being held at the Dane County Jail, according to police Lt. Sue Williams, who is supervising the investigation.

Police hope to refer to case to the district attorney's office by Friday for the filing of formal charges, Williams said.

Smith, who had 857 yards rushing with nine touchdowns last season, cannot participate in any games or practices until the matter is resolved legally, or unless his suspension is overturned on appeal, the school said in a statement. The Badgers' spring practices start March 4.

He is the second Wisconsin athlete to be arrested this month. Basketball player Maurice "Boo" Wade pleaded not guilty Feb. 12 to a charge of choking a woman at her apartment. He missed two games before his suspension was lifted by a school appeal committee.

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