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Michigan DB suspended

Peterson pleads innocent to stealing from stripper

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Posted: Friday December 18, 1998 10:36 PM


ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) -- A Michigan defensive back, indefinitely suspended from the team, pleaded innocent today during his arraignment on a misdemeanor accusing him of taking money from a stripper's purse in a campus dorm.

William Peterson was ordered freed on his own recognizance on the larceny charge filed Wednesday. His next court appearance was set for January 12.

Peterson was charged after the stripper told police the theft took place December 3 while she performed in the dorm, the Detroit Free Press reported today.

On Tuesday, coach Lloyd Carr said Peterson -- a cornerback who started one game this season has been suspended indefinitely and would not play in the Citrus Bowl. Carr did not discuss the reasons for the action, saying he would speak to that later.

The charge accuses Peterson of larceny under $100 and carries a possible 90 days in jail, $100 in fines or both.

On Thursday, University of Michigan police handling the case refused to provide access to the police incident report involving the stripper's allegations, The Detroit News and the Free Press reported.

Peterson led the team this season with four interceptions. He made 25 tackles.

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