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Austin acquitted of raping 16-year-old girl

4/20/2004

CINCINNATI -- Former Olympic boxer Tim Austin was acquitted
of charges he raped a 16-year-old girl.

The jury deliberated for 40 minutes Monday in Hamilton County
Common Pleas Court before finding Austin innocent. He was accused
of raping the girl last May as she and several relatives spent the
night at Austin's home.

Austin, 33, said after the verdict he hopes to resume his boxing
career by the summer.

The 1992 Olympic bronze medalist went on to win the
International Boxing Federation bantamweight title in 1997.

Austin was making his 10th defense of the 118-pound title in
February 2003 when he lost to Rafael Marquez in Las Vegas. It was
Austin's first defeat in an 11-year pro career.