Perrish Cox Found Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Case

Former Denver Brpncos cornerback Perrish Cox was found not guilt on either count of sexual assault.

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Perrish Cox Alleged Sexual Assault Case: Preliminary Hearing Waived After Ruled Open To Public

Perrish Cox's preliminary hearing for his alleged sexual assault case has been waived by his lawyer following a judge's ruling that it would be open to the public, reports the Denver Post. Cox's lawyer wanted the preliminary hearing closed to the public because he believed the information released could prejudice the potential pool of jurors.

The court documents for the charges are sealed and a petition by the Denver Post and other media outlets to have them opened was rejected back in January.

Cox was arrested in Lone Tree, Colo. on the night of Dec. 9, 2010, for an alleged sexual assault that took place in early September. The sexual assault was reported to the police on Oct. 28.

Cox was a rookie during the 2010 season and played in 15 games, starting nine, and amassed 58 tackles and one interception. He missed the game in London with the San Francisco 49ers to recover from a concussion. Police were informed of the possible sexual-assault charge around that time.

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Sealed Documents Remain Closed In Perrish Cox Sexual Assault Case

Sealed documents in the sexual assault case against Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox will remain that way, a judge ruled today. The New York Times, one of the actors with a reporter asking for the files to be made public, reports that Douglas County Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler kept the documents sealed because the investigation had not yet been closed and that:

She also said she didn't want to subject the alleged victim to harassment and wanted to protect Cox's right to a fair trial.

In addition to the New York Times, the Denver Post and the Associate Press had reporters seeking the opening of these files. The Denver Post reports that the lawyer for the reporters argued on the grounds of First Amendment rights; however, the judge ultimately sided with the lawyer of the alleged victim, who argued her right to privacy would be violated with the release of the documents at this point.

This decision was ruled on during Cox's appearance in court on Friday. A March 10 court date will decide whether a trial for these charges of sexual assault will proceed.

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Sexual Assault Charges Against Broncos' Perrish Cox Carry Up To Life Sentence

While many details in Perrish Cox's sexual assault case remain sealed, the New York Times reports that the nature of the charges could result in life in prison if convicted:

A portion of the case unsealed by a Douglas County judge Tuesday shows the sexual assault charges are Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, which carry a sentence of between two years to life in prison. They involve a helpless victim.

Life in prison is only a possibility if Cox is convicted, but should he receive a lesser sentence probation would be required for a period of time or for life.

Also, more information on when the possible assault took place has emerged. Originally it was reported that the supposed incident was reported on Oct. 28, which led to speculation that this occurred while Cox was recovering from a concussion while his teammates were in London. We now learn that the alleged incident took place on Sept. 6, almost two months earlier.

Along with Associated Press, the Denver Post and the New York Times plan to seek further information on the charges against Cox.

A rookie cornerback, Perrish Cox played in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, only two days after his arrest.

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Broncos Coach Eric Studesville On Perrish Cox's Alleged Sexual Assault

Denver Broncos interim head coach Eric Studesville spoke to the media earlier today on Perrish Cox's arrest for alleged sexual assault. He called it, "A situation we take very, very seriously." He reiterated that the organization is gathering all the facts and other necessary information to determine future decisions concerning Cox.

While the alleged sexual assault was first reported on Oct. 28, Studesville said that Friday morning was the first he had heard of this incident. He did not go into further detail on the matter.

When asked how he felt about this incident emerging only two, three days after his elevation to head coach, Studesville stressed, "This is completely separate from football." It is a "serious matter" that should have no bearing on his new position with the Broncos. Personally, however, Studesville told the media that this was "disappointing news" so early into the job.

When asked about changing the demeanor of the team, Studesville said that it is up to owner Pat Bowlen to determine how this team goes forward.

Toward the end of the press conference, Studesville reiterated that the team still needs to evaluate cornerback Andre Goodman and safety Darcel McBath on Friday, though both have had limited participation in practice this week.

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