Ex-Wisconsin RB Smith owes fine, service

Updated: December 14, 2004, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Rape charges were dropped Tuesday against former Wisconsin running back Dwayne Smith and his friend after questions were raised about the credibility of the alleged victim.

A charge of second-degree sexual assault against Smith was reduced in Dane County Circuit Court to a charge of obstructing officers. Smith agreed to pay a $300 fine and court costs and complete 40 hours of community service.

Assistant District Attorney Jac Heitz said DNA testing showed part of the woman's story was not true.

Smith, 20, the Badgers' leading rusher as a sophomore last season, was charged along with his friend, Anwar Jones, 23, last February after the woman said she was assaulted at a party.

Smith left the Badgers in August after learning he had a previously undetected heart condition. He remains in school and has served as a student assistant football coach.

"This is a total vindication of Dwayne Smith," said his attorney, Charles Giesen. "He has maintained his innocence from the beginning and always said he never committed a sexual assault."

The obstruction charge remained because Smith allegedly lied to police at the beginning of the case by denying any sexual involvement with the woman. He later admitted having what he said was consensual sex.


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