Rucker Plea Bargains to ‘Harassment' Charge;

Linebacker Frostee Rucker's playing status for the upcoming football season remains as hazy as Colorado's smoke-filled skies, following a July 1st plea-bargained guilty plea to a reduced charge of third degree harassment. He was given probation.

Rucker had been facing rape charges following an incident at a CSU dorm on April 14th. He was suspended on April 20th, and missed the spring game. Sources told The Insiders in May that all charges would be dropped and Rucker would be re-instated to the team. This came after Rucker's accuser, who reportedly had her father present with her during her initial interview with police, also reportedly recanted her story and admitted that she lied under pressure from friends and family. Later, Larimer County Assistant District Attorney Mary Jo Berenato told the Fort Collins Coloradoan that the woman never changed her story, that at the time, she was simply weighing a decision on whether or not she wanted to continue to press forward with the case.

The report that the charges were being dropped proved pre-mature, as Larimer County authorities refused to allow the case to be dropped. Instead, a hearing was set, and Rucker pled guilty to third degree harassment in exchange for all rape and indecent exposure charges being dropped. He was given one year of probation.

The Insiders has learned that the CSU coaching staff will meet soon to discuss Rucker's playing status for the upcoming season. He still must resolve a student conduct review board hearing that could have a large impact on this playing status as well.


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