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Davenport agrees to community service

Posted: Tuesday October 29, 2002 1:58 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Green Bay Packers fullback Najeh Davenport agreed Tuesday to do community service to settle charges he broke into a university dormitory and defecated in a sleeping woman's closet.

Details of the player's service were not released during his court appearance. He must sign up for the program by Nov. 12. If he completes the program, a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief will be dropped.

After Tuesday's hearing, Davenport continued to deny breaking into the Barry University dormitory.

"Where's the evidence? Where's the manure?" Davenport asked outside court. "I know I didn't do it -- I just wanted to get it over with."

Prosecutor Jonathan Schwartz said by telephone he couldn't comment on specific evidence because the case could go back to court if Davenport fails the diversion program.

But, he added: "If there was no evidence in the case, we wouldn't have brought any charges."

Police in suburban Miami Shores, where the small Catholic university is located, did not preserve the feces because it cannot not yield DNA samples and would have been useless as evidence, said police Sgt. Robert Knowles.

Defense attorney Richard Sharpstein said Davenport most likely will do about 100 hours of community service in Miami after the football season. Davenport said he would try to help students apply for college.

"Najeh wants to put this behind him like he does linebackers in the NFL," Sharpstein said.

The state attorney's office and the victim were satisfied with the hearing's results, Schwartz said.

According to police, Davenport entered a dorm room at Barry University in the early morning hours of April 1.

Mary McCarthy, asleep in the room, told police she was startled awake by a strange sound and saw a man squatting in her closet. The man, later identified as Davenport, had defecated in her laundry basket, police said.

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