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Jury acquits Johnson of sexual assault

Posted: Thursday August 14, 2003 6:23 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A jury of six women deliberated less than 30 minutes before finding Florida State defensive lineman Travis Johnson innocent of a rape charge on Thursday.

Johnson could have faced up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted on the second degree felony.

The victim, also a Florida State student, acknowledged that she had sex with Johnson previously but said another occasion, on Feb. 6, was against her will.

The complaint also said Johnson held the woman inside his apartment against her will. Johnson said the sex was consensual.

He was charged in April and booked at the Leon County before being released on $10,000 bail.

Johnson, 21, played in all of Florida State's games in 2002 and was expected to contend for a starting role this season. He made 50 tackles last season, including 10 for losses.

Although Florida State has a policy that keeps players from competing while they face an unresolved felony, Johnson has continued to practice with the Seminoles. The 280-pound junior missed most of spring practice following shoulder surgery.

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