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Judge clears Mayorga after 17-hour hearing

12/7/2004

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.