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Mayorga found not guilty of rape

Associated Press

12/7/2004 3:24:26 PM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Former welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga was found not guilty of rape after a closed-door trial that ended Tuesday.

Judge Julio Cesar Areas cleared Mayorga after a 17-hour hearing.

A woman accused Mayorga of raping her at a Managua hotel in September. He acknowledged having sex with her but said it was consensual.

Mayorga was arraigned shortly before his Oct. 2 loss to Felix Trinidad in a middleweight bout.