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Charges dropped against Iowa State player
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 14, 2013 @ 9:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Staff and wire reports, USA TODAY
A sexual assault charge against Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo was dismissed Monday, according to online court records.
Palo, 21, and Spencer Cruise, 22, both were charged with second-degree sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a woman in May. They turned themselves in to police in September after warrants were issued for their arrests, and both pleaded not guilty later that month. Cruise’s charge also was dismissed Monday, according to online court records.
The Associated Press reported that the Story County Attorney’s Office said new forensic evidence had emerged that contradicted the victim’s sworn testimony and the sworn testimony of her mother.
A woman told police that Palo and Cruise offered to give her a ride home in the early hours of May 18, but instead drove her to an Ames home owned by Cruise’s family, according to police reports.
The woman told police that while inside the home Cruise and Palo forcibly committed a sex act against her will, police said.
An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation lab identified the DNA of Palo and Cruise on evidence gathered during the investigation, police said.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg announced in September that Palo would be suspended indefinitely from the team for violating the athletic department’s discipline policy. Palo is listed on the team’s roster, but has not played this season.
According to the AP, Palo’s attorney Matthew Boles said Palo is expected to be reinstated to the basketball team. The Iowa State athletic department had no comment.
The 6-1 junior averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 assists per game last season as a backup point guard.
Palo earned a scholarship at Iowa State after joining the team as a walk-on.
Contributing: The Des Moines Register
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