Attorney: U. of Md. lacrosse player cleared in sex assault

A University of Maryland lacrosse player was cleared in a Virginia sexual assault case Thursday after being accused of molesting a woman at a concert, his lawyer said.

Prosecutors dropped a felony sex assault charge against Benjamin Chisolm and a judge cleared him of assault after a brief bench trial, according to the attorney. But Chisolm was found guilty of being drunk in public and received a fine and community service.

"Ben Chisolm was never guilty of a sexual assault, he wasn't guilty of assault and that's the end of it," said the attorney, Edward B. MacMahon, Jr.

The Prince William's County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office did not respond to a request for comment.

Chisolm and the woman were at a Zac Brown Band concert at the Jiffy Lube Live venue in June and she had fallen asleep. She told police that when she woke up a man was lying by her side and touching her inappropriately.

But MacMahon said prosecutors ultimately didn't call the woman to testify and that he had three independent witnesses who contradicted her story.

At the end of the case, the judge admonished Chisolm to stay in control when drinking, something MacMahon agreed was worth remembering.

"I hope he's learned that lesson but he never assaulted anyone," he said.

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