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Nicastro Court Hearing Rescheduled to May

Former BU hockey player faces rape charges

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A Brighton District Court judge yesterday postponed a probable cause hearing for Max Nicastro, the suspended BU hockey defenseman facing rape charges.

First Justice David Donnelly set a new hearing date of May 7 after defense lawyer Hugh Curran and Suffolk County assistant district attorney Cameron Merrill agreed to the continuance in proceedings that lasted all of a minute or so.

The delay “can reflect any number of things, from investigative needs on the defense or prosecution side to the inability to meet the court’s schedule” for arguing probable cause, says Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk DA’s office.

Nicastro (CGS’11, MET’13) was arrested February 19 after a female student alleged he raped her on campus. He has pleaded not guilty. Released on bail after his initial court hearing last month, he is no longer enrolled at BU. At that February hearing, defense lawyer Curran said Nicastro planned to return to campus to study this summer.

Nicastro stood in the front of the spectator’s section during yesterday’s proceeding and left with Curran afterward.

The aborted hearing followed a hearing Friday in the same court where a judge dropped the most serious felony charge against Nicastro’s former teammate Corey Trivino for lack of evidence. Trivino (MET’12) has pleaded not guilty to six other felony charges of indecent assault and battery and breaking and entering. He was arrested December 11 after a female student alleged he forcibly kissed and groped her in her BU dorm room. He too is not enrolled this semester and is due back in court April 27.

The charges against both men prompted President Robert A. Brown to name a task force to investigate the culture of the hockey team. The task force is to report its findings and any recommendations by this summer.

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Rich Barlow

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6 Comments on Nicastro Court Hearing Rescheduled to May

  • anon on 03.27.2012 at 8:59 am

    Don’t come back.

    • PRC7 on 03.27.2012 at 4:26 pm

      He’ll be back because he didn’t do anything wrong.

  • Andrea K on 03.27.2012 at 9:31 am

    Innocent until proven guilty. Let’s try them in a courtroom, not the media.

  • Mr. Kabukiman on 03.27.2012 at 10:42 am

    DNA is truth
    Crime will determine the time
    Respect all women

  • jason on 03.30.2012 at 10:56 am

    Nicastro is a good kid in a bad situation. You all can sit here and judge him for afar but have absolutely no understanding of what went on. Don’t pretend like you’re smarter than you are.

  • Conke on 04.01.2012 at 9:30 am

    Know a lad well who played at BU. We sat down and talked about this situation and he said that alcohol and sex on campus are not uncommon. It is true the players are he’d in high esteem. With that, many girls just want to “hook up” with a hockey player(or other high profile athlete.. This happens on every campus, with most athletes. The athletes have a responsibility to themselves, the team, the University, the females on campus and the city that they are in to set high standards. I don’t think that celibacy is expected but theres a fine line that can’t be crossed. Unfortunately that fine line can be moved if someone decides to “exaggerate” the situation. I, by no means, say that this happened in this case, but it is possible. We need to the police and courts do their due diligence free from interference and bias. It is too bad that people charged are put into the media before they are found guilty. This kids life has been ruined even if he is found not guilty.

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