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Charges Dropped Against Maine Forward

CHN Staff Report

Charges have been dismissed against Tanner House, a freshman forward at Maine. House had been charged Nov. 4 with unlawful sexual touching and assault at an establishment in Orono.

House, however, already paid the price because of the publicity involved in the incident, which included a six-game suspension from the team. And he took immediate steps to make it into a positive.

"Unfortunately, I made a mistake and I had to pay the consequences for it. I learned from it and, hopefully, other people will learn from it and won’t have to go what I went through. They can use me as an example for the other guys on the team and athletes in other sports," House told the Bangor Daily News.

House has been performing community service, including helping coach a local squirt hockey team, and has been active in doing other appearances for the school.

Despite the charges being dropped, there was still alcohol involved in the incident, something House also learned from.

"Looking at what happened and how things can happen so fast, it isn't worth it to put yourself in those situations. You've got to be careful, you've got to be smarter when you make decisions. You never know what can happen. Unfortunately, something bad happened from my decision. I learned the hard way," House told the Daily News.

House has one goal and five points in 14 games. He also finished the first semester with a 3.92 grade point average.

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