Haynesworth pleads not guilty to sex abuse charge

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth stands on the sidelines during a preseason game...

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., Sep. 2, 2010 (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

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WASHINGTON - Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse stemming from an incident at a Washington hotel three months ago.

Haynesworth did not appear in court Tuesday and entered his plea through his attorney. A non-jury trial was scheduled for July 11.

He is accused of caressing a waitress' breast as he slid his credit card into her blouse at the W Hotel early in the morning on February 13.

The high-paid tackle, embroiled in controversy on and off the field since he was signed by the Redskins, is also facing assault charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident in Virginia.

Haynesworth had turned himself in to authorities on that charge just one day before the alleged sexual assault.

In the police report of the alleged sexual assault incident, the waitress said her hands were full of glasses as she cleared the table where Haynesworth was sitting. Haynesworth asked if it was OK to place his credit card in her blouse and the waitress nodded her head yes, according to the report.

Haynesworth placed his card in her blouse, then slid it further in the left side and began to caress her breast, according to the report.

The indictment was handed down by a District of Columbia grand jury last month.


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