February 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

By Michael King Daily Utah Chronicle

February 13, 2008

Salt Lake City, UT (UWIRE) -- Three University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse players have now been arrested for alleged involvement in an off-campus incident at 304 N. Pleasant St. on Feb. 1.

Christopher R. Casey was arrested in Duxbury, Mass. - his hometown - over the weekend.

"[Casey] was arrested by the Duxbury Police Department," Amherst Police Detective Gabriel Ting said. "He didn't turn himself in; he was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant."

Duxbury Police refused to comment on the arrest.

Casey, 19, was charged with assault and battery, as well as breaking and entering during the nighttime with intent to commit a felony. He was arraigned Monday at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, pleading not guilty.

He joins teammates Christian Haggerty and Ryan Marcus, the other individuals arraigned for the alleged crime. Each pled not guilty.

The three are accused of participating in a beating of three college-aged males with lacrosse sticks and bottles at the North Pleasant Street residence. Each was suspended from the men's lacrosse team on Feb. 2, along with five other teammates.

Court documents revealed the conditions of each individual's release until their pre-trial hearings. The conditions include: staying away from the scene of the alleged crime, avoiding contact with the victims of the attack and maintaining a nightly curfew.

Haggerty's provisions mandate that he must live with his parents if he is suspended from the University. He also must surrender weapons to police and avoid drugs and alcohol. Unlike Marcus and Casey, the sophomore was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in addition to the other two felonies.

University spokesman Ed Blaguszewski was not available for comment.

Amherst Police declined to say if its ongoing investigation could lead to additional arrests. The original release from the department cited approximately 12 alleged assailants.

The five other suspended lacrosse players continue to maintain that status, according to UMass Athletics Sports Information Director Jason Yellin. Juniors Jim Connolly and Justin Kelleher, redshirt sophomore Jordan Hendry and freshmen Jay Lucas and Alex Whitney are in that group.

However, Yellin would not confirm that the suspensions of the three arrested players were related to the North Pleasant Street incident.

(C) 2008 Daily Utah Chronicle via UWIRE

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