Judge clears Mayorga after 17-hour hearing

Updated: December 7, 2004, 3:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Former welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga was found innocent of rape after a closed-door trial that ended Tuesday.

Judge Julio Cesar Areas cleared Mayorga after a 17-hour hearing.

A woman accused Mayorga of raping her at a Managua hotel in September. He acknowledged having sex with her but said it was consensual.

Mayorga was arraigned shortly before his Oct. 2 loss to Felix Trinidad in a middleweight bout.

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