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Ravens director of security Darren Sanders poses with others in front of City Hall during a 2013 community event.
Ravens director of security Darren Sanders poses with others in front of City Hall during a 2013 community event. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)

A woman who told police that Baltimore Ravens head of security Darren Sanders sexually assaulted her at the stadium last month dropped her petition for a court order on Tuesday that would have required him to stay away from her.

Sanders, 48, arrived at the hearing with nine people his attorney described as "witnesses who would corroborate that Mr. Sanders did no wrong and acted totally appropriately" on the night of the alleged incident.

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"We came to court with these witnesses to corroborate the truth," said Sanders' attorney, Warren Alperstein. He declined to identify them or describe what they would have said in detail.

The hearing did not occur, with an attorney for the woman telling District Judge Timothy D. Murphy that she was rescinding the petition for a peace order, a type of restraining order.

Steven Heisler, an attorney for the woman, told reporters that she "felt that it was appropriate to let the state's attorney's office and city of Baltimore take it from here."

The woman did not appear in court. The Baltimore Sun is not naming her because she is allegedly the victim of a sexual assault.

"There are pending charges against him, and if he tried to contact her or intimidate her, it will be subject to additional charges," Heisler said. "The protective order is moot." He declined to comment further.

The woman, a worker at M&T Bank Stadium, filed the peace order Dec. 26, as police were investigating her allegation that Sanders assaulted her there after the Ravens home game Dec. 14 against Jacksonville.

In her petition for the peace order, she alleged that Sanders grabbed her as they walked through the stadium, then pressed against her and tried to force her to touch his genitals in a stadium lobby.

Baltimore police charged Sanders last week with one count of fourth-degree sex offense.

Sanders has been placed on paid leave by the team. He is due in court Feb. 9 on the sex offense charge.

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