Charges against Vikings cruisers could come Thursday

Updated: December 15, 2005, 3:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Misdemeanor charges could come as early as Thursday against Minnesota Vikings players as an inquiry into an allegedly out-of-control party involving drunkenness, nudity and visible sexual activity on a pair of charter cruises in early October unfolds, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on its Web site.

The paper said players will not face federal charges in the wake of the party, which boat crew members said included women who were paid to come to Minnesota from other states for the party.

U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger told the Star Tribune on Wednesday night that federal officials had determined there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The federal review included any violation of the Mann Act, which forbids the interstate transportation of anyone for immoral purposes, including prostitution, he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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