Charges Against Nicastro Dropped
CHN Staff Report
Former Boston University defenseman Max Nicastro will not face trial, after prosecutors dropped rape charges against him.
Prosecutors announced today they are no longer pursuing the case, but did not explain why, citing "fairness to all parties involved."
Nicastro, 22, was dismissed from the team during last season when the allegations surfaced. He was the second BU player, following Corey Trevino, to face sexual assault charges, prompting an internal investigation of the program.
“I’m just happy it’s done,” Nicastro said outside the courthouse, quoted in the Boston Herald. “My friends and family have been with me the whole time.”
NiCastro had been charged with sexually assaulting a fellow BU student. He pleaded not guilty, but he was immediately dismissed from the team and the school said he had de-enrolled.
The investigation lasted four months.
“There are all sorts of obstacles,” said Holly Broadbent, chief of the sexual assault unit to the Herald. “It can be the complainant’s reluctance to be part of the criminal process, it can be a situation where alcohol or illegal substances are involved. It can just be a matter of inconsistent statements.”
Nicastro, a third-round pick of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings in 2008, has not made any statement about his hockey-playing future. In three seasons with BU, he had 11 goals and 33 points.