Trial date set for Paxson

Scott Paxson (right)

Scott Paxson is scheduled to stand trial on indecent assault charges Sept. 27-28 in Centre County. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for assaulting a woman almost 20 months ago in State College.

Scott Paxson is an undrafted rookie free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and if he makes the team this summer the trial date coincides with the Steelers' bye week.

Paxson is facing a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault and a misdemeanor charge of indecent assault from the December, 2004 incident in which the woman has admitted she did not tell Paxson "no." Paxson has denied the charge that he assaulted the woman at his apartment.

An earlier felony charge of sexual assault was thrown out April 13 at a preliminary hearing on the ruling that the commonwealth didn't present enough evidence to prove that the woman was opposed to having sex with Paxson. Paxson's father, Jeffrey, claims that documents were hidden from District Attorney Michael Madeira when he made the decision to prosecute his son in March.

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