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Ohio State Recruit Chris Carter not Charged with Fondling Girl

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By Jason Beahm on February 17, 2011 5:47 AM

Mark this one down in your book of bad ideas: feeling up 15-year-old girls under the guise of measuring them for an ROTC uniform.

That's what Ohio State recruit Chris Carter was accused of, just before he was about to sign a national letter of intent to Ohio State. Nevertheless, he will not be charged criminally in the matter, as authorities have determined that there is a lack of evidence of sexual contact.

The incident put Chris Carter's scholarship at Ohio State in jeopardy, although the university now says he will keep it as the charges have been dropped. Carter is an offensive lineman at John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio. After the incident, he was arrested and held in jail for a night on allegations of sexual imposition, which essentially means fondling. Fondling can be charged in a variety of ways, ranging from simple assault and battery to more serious charges like aggravated sexual assault.

The city prosecutor's office concluded a full investigation of the Ohio State recruit and decided the case was simply not worthy of pursuing, "after a full review, there was not enough evidence of sexual contact to charge Mr. Carter with a crime," said Cleveland spokeswoman Maureen Harper, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Coach Jim Tressel declined to comment on the investigation as Carter was not officially signed by Ohio State at the time of the incident. Carter is relieved and his attorney Harvey Bruner says the city came to the right decision. Bruner says Carter is excited to attending Ohio State in the fall, said the Columbus Dispatch.

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