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Former LSU player Scott found not guilty of sexual battery

Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:24 AM

GONZALES (AP) — A state judge has found former LSU running back Charles Scott not guilty in a sexual battery case.

The Advocate reported Scott, 24, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail in November 2011 after allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman at his Prairieville home.

He was arraigned later on a charge of sexual battery, a lesser offense than the crime of simple rape he originally was accused of committing. In February 2012, Scott entered a plea of not guilty.

The case was heard Tuesday by state District Judge Jessie LeBlanc.

The trial originally was scheduled to begin last month, but it was postponed while the prosecution tried to track down a key witness, officials said.

If convicted, Scott could have faced up to 10 years in prison.

Scott made an immediate impact at LSU, rushing for five touchdowns as a freshman and then five more as a sophomore while serving as a key backup to Jacob Hester on the Tigers' 2007 national title team.

Scott started his final two seasons at LSU, the best of them his junior season when he rushed for 1,174 yards and a Southeastern Conference-leading 18 touchdowns.

Scott still ranks seventh on LSU's career rushing list with 2,317 yards, fourth in career touchdowns with 32 and his 5.46 yards-per-carry average is tops in school history. Scott's 2008 season ranks him fifth on the all-time yardage list and second on the single-season rushing touchdowns list.

He was picked in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent parts of two seasons on the practice squads of the Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.

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