Skinner will have to testify against former mates

Updated: February 18, 2005, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- A former Brigham Young defensive back charged with a lesser offense related to an investigation that led to rape charges against four teammates, pleaded no contest to reduced charges Friday.

Billy Skinner, 19, was charged with third-degree felony dealing in harmful materials to a minor. That charge was reduced to an attempted dealing harmful material to a minor charge, a class A misdemeanor.

The charges will be taken off his record if Skinner doesn't possess pornography or violate any laws in the next six months, according to his attorney Randall Spencer.

He must also be willing to testify at the June 27 trial of his ex-teammates.

Karland Bennett, 19, Ibrahim Rashada, 18, B.J. Mathis, 18, and William Turner Jr., who is 18 now but was 17 at the time, were indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault, dealing harmful material to a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor and obstructing justice. Turner provided information to prosecutors in exchange for an agreement that he would be tried as a minor.

Antwaun Harris, 19, entered a plea to a misdemeanor charge of making false statements to a police officer last month. He originally was charged with a second-degree felony of making false statements.

He was accused of falsely denying there was pornography in the players' apartment on Aug. 8, the night a 17-year-old girl says she was raped by several players at the apartment.

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