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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The second trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women has ended with a conviction for misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact.

A jury on Friday declined to convict Clay Conaway on felony charges of attempted second-degree rape and strangulation.

Instead, they returned a guilty verdict for third-degree unlawful sexual contact.

That offense carries no mandatory prison time and a presumptive sentence of probation.

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(AP) - A judge is holding a final case review in advance of the second trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women.

Wednesday's court hearing comes in advance of a scheduled Feb. 10 trial for Clay Conaway.

After being tried last year on a charge of first-degree rape, Conaway was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of the lesser charge of fourth-degree rape.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man wrongly convicted of rape in northern Virginia more than four decades ago would receive almost $160,000 under legislation pending in the General Assembly.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Supreme Court exonerated 63-year-old Winston Lamont Scott of Indiana last year.

He always maintained his innocence. Scott was 19 when the attack in Fairfax County happened and was convicted primarily on the victim’s identification of him, both in a photo spread and again in court at his 1976 trial.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Federal authorities in South Carolina have arrested a wanted man accused of raping a child in Delaware nine years ago.

A Dover Police Department statement says 34-year-old Juan Hernandez was taken into custody in Beaufort County, South Carolina, on Thursday.

He had been wanted since 2018, and awaits extradition back to Delaware.

The police statement said that in March 2011, a then-6-year-old child reported to a school therapist that Hernandez had raped her. Detectives obtained a warrant for Hernandez's arrest in October 2018.

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Clay Conaway has been sentenced to five years in prison after his fourth-degree rape conviction.

The 23-year-old former University of Delaware baseball player still faces additional rape accusations from five other women.

The incidents occurred between 2013 and 2018.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he has also been sentenced to a year of home confinement and two years of probation with a GPS monitor.

In addition, he will have to undergo treatment, pay restitution and register as a sex offender.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for a former University of Delaware baseball player who is accused of a string of sexual assaults and was convicted in the first case brought to trial are seeking to delay his sentencing.

A judge scheduled a teleconference Wednesday with prosecutors and attorneys for 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

Conaway faces sentencing on Nov. 22 after being convicted last month of fourth-degree rape. The crime carries a maximum 15-year sentence but no mandatory prison time.

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Clay Conaway’s defense attorney wants a delay for the sentencing on his rape conviction until after his second trial on similar charges because it could impact the jury pool.

The Wilmington News Journal reports sentencing for the former University of Delaware baseball player is set for November 22nd.

Conaway is facing up to 15 years in prison.

But his attorney argued that given a lack of criminal conviction and other “mitigating factors” he would receive a senate much closer to the minimum.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Nov. 22 sentencing date has been set for an ex-University of Delaware baseball player who is accused of a string of sexual assaults and was convicted in the first case brought to jurors.

Twenty-three-year-old Clay Conaway was convicted last week of fourth-degree rape. A Sussex County jury refused to convict him on more serious charges of first-degree or second-degree rape. Fourth-degree rape carries a maximum 15-year sentence but no mandatory prison time.

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(AP) An ex-University of Delaware baseball player has been convicted of raping a woman whom he met online.

Jurors found 23-year-old Clay Conaway guilty Friday after 10 days of testimony and arguments.

A 21-year-old woman told authorities Conaway raped her after she drove to his house in June 2018. The encounter happened three weeks after the two connected on the online meeting site Bumble, and he sent her a nude picture of himself.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in the rape trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults.

After testimony by a police detective Wednesday morning, the judge planned to rule Wednesday afternoon on a defense request for a judgment of acquittal for 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

Jury deliberations are to begin after closing arguments Thursday afternoon.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults says she told him several times to stop touching her and that she did not want to have sex.

The 21-year-old woman finished testifying Friday in the first-degree rape trial of 23-year-old Clay Conaway.

She is among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

The woman told a detective hours after the June 2018 incident that she repeatedly told Conaway to stop what he was doing.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults has testified under cross examination that she did not protest when he removed all her clothes as they lay in his bed.

The woman also acknowledged on the witness stand Thursday that she told friends two days before meeting Clay Conaway that she needed sex, and that she drove to Conaway's house in June 2018 knowing that he wanted to have sex.

She's among six women whom Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults has testified that she was surprised and afraid when he went from consensual kissing to physical force and violence. 

The 21-year-old woman testified Wednesday that her surprise when Clay Conaway began removing her clothes became anxiety, then fear, as he  put his hand on her throat, pulled her hair, pinned her legs and raped her.

She is one of six women whom 23-year-old Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting between 2013 and 2018.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple rapes says she was surprised that he agreed to connect with her on an online dating site.

The 21-year-old testified Tuesday that she thought 23-year-old Clay Conaway seemed somewhat out of her league, and that she couldn't imagine that he would want to get to know her.

She also testified that the day after the two connected on the meeting site Bumble, Conaway sent her a nude photo of himself on Snapchat.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Defense attorneys for a former Delaware college athlete accused of rape say the alleged victim was enthralled after connecting with him on an online dating site and drove to his house intending to have sex with him.

But prosecutors told jurors in opening statements Monday that the victim did not want to have sex with former University of Delaware baseball player Clay Conaway and that she contacted friends after the June 2018 encounter, crying hysterically.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says consumers should be wary about a newly launched product marketed as a way for victims to self-administer a sex assault evidence kit.

Herring's office said in a news release Tuesday that evidence from that type of kit could be ruled inadmissible in a criminal proceeding because of chain of custody issues.

The news release also says the products could delay or prevent survivors from connecting with health care resources and sources of support.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Jury selection in the first trial of a former college baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women hit a snag after a potential juror talked about the case with others.

Selection of a jury in the trial of Clay Conaway was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but the judge dismissed scores of people in the jury pool after attorneys learned that one of them spoke with other potential jurors.

The jury selection process was to resume Wednesday morning with a new slate of potential jurors. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have sent letters to prosecutors in three states asking them to open a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.

In copies of the letter obtained Wednesday by news outlets, Fairfax's lawyers asked district attorney's offices in Virginia, Massachusetts and North Carolina to investigate "public and serious criminal" allegations made against Fairfax. He has denied the allegations and says any investigations will find no wrongdoing.

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A 22 year-old pre-med student has been sentenced to six month of home confinement, 24 months of probation and one thousand hours of community service after admitting sexually assaulting a University of Delaware student.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mahesh Gouru could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

The paper reports that Allison, which is pseudonym, said she wanted at least three years.

Prosecutors had recommended six months.

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A lone University of Delaware sophomore stood in silent protest on the campus this week.

Her names was Alyvia Pauzer who says she feels dismissed after reporting a sexual assault earlier this year.

She says she organized the demonstration to express a common feeling among those who reported such assaults.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - The principal of Maryland high school has resigned months after several junior varsity football players were accused of raping or attempting to rape teammates with a broomstick.

News outlets report Casey Crouse announced her resignation from Damascus High School on Tuesday, saying new leadership is needed to move beyond the October attacks.

The Washington Post reports five teens are charged as juveniles in the attacks, which suspects and victims have said were a locker-room hazing ritual.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland school system will hire an outside firm to investigate its procedures and reporting practices following the filing of rape charges that involve high school football players.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith announced the move in a letter to parents.

Four teens are being prosecuted as juveniles on charges of rape and attempted rape. Authorities said a young man was sexually assaulted by his teammates with a broomstick at Damascus High School last fall.

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - Officials at a Maryland high school waited hours to tell police that a football player had been credibly accused of raping a teammate with a broomstick, despite an agreement with police requiring the immediate reporting of sexual assaults.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Protesters rallied outside the Roanoke police department to decry comments by the city's police chief that critics believe are insensitive to rape victims.

The Roanoke Times reports that about a dozen people attended the protest Saturday.

Protesters were responding to comments made by Chief Tim Jones at a City Council meeting last month. Asked about an increase in reported rapes, Jones told the council that "all too many young women put themselves at risk when alcohol and social behavior goes bad."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Delaware State University officials by a former student who claimed she was raped by a classmate.

The judge last week overruled Mai-Ajah Keel's objections to a magistrate's report recommending dismissal of the case, but she said Keel could file an amended complaint.

Keel claimed that after she reported the assault in 2013, she was met with deliberate indifference by school officials and harassment and retaliation by her alleged attacker and other students.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly forty years after a teen girl was raped in Delaware, the man convicted will be released after the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice determined testimony was "invalid."

The News Journal cites court documents that say dismissing the indictment against 56-year-old Elmer Daniels is the "most just outcome." The Superior Court has to accept the state's motion.

In 1980, FBI Special Agent Michael Malone testified at Daniels' trial that hair evidence linked him to the assault. Authorities say that testimony "exceeded the limits of science."

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DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - Four Maryland 15-year-olds are out on bail but face life in prison after being charged as adults with first-degree rape in a locker room attack.

WTOP-FM reports Jean Claude Abedi, Kristian Jamal Lee, Will Smith and Caleb Thorpe were released on Monday. A fifth teen is facing lesser second-degree rape charges as a juvenile.

Prosecutors say the Damascus High School students assaulted four 14-year-olds before junior varsity football practice one day in October.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware priest accused of raping a pre-teen girl between 1991 and 1994 has died.

Bob Krebs, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, confirmed Wednesday that John A. Sarro died Monday at a nursing home after a long illness. He was 76.

Sarro was indicted in January on charges of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse and second-degree unlawful sexual contact. The charges involved a girl who was under the age of 16. He pleaded not guilty in February.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided - with unanimous votes in the Senate and House - to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists.

Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known for its progressive politics is one of the last to adopt such a law. They also credit a growing sense of female empowerment for making the issue a priority.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-led Virginia Senate committee has voted down bills aimed at increasing access to abortion services.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the committee voted along party lines last week against legislation pushed by abortion-rights advocates.

One bill was related to abortion clinic regulations and another would have removed the requirement that rape victims file a police report before receiving an abortion funded by the state.

The committee also rejected a bill that would have eliminated a waiting period before an abortion.

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