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Football player won't be tried

The Land O'Lakes High senior charged with lewd and lascivious battery won't face trial, prosecutors say.

By JAMAL THALJI
Published March 20, 2007


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Prosecutors will not press criminal charges against Land O'Lakes High School football standout Develin Robinson, who was accused of having sex with a minor.

The 19-year-old senior was arrested in January by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery.

The second-degree felony charge could have meant up to 15 years in prison. But now the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office has decided not to take the case to trial.

"From our investigation, it doesn't look like the state is going to proceed with any charges against him," Assistant State Attorney Mary Handsel said.

The arrest stemmed from a Dec. 3 house party in Odessa, according to a sheriff's report. Robinson was 18 when he entered a bedroom with the victim, a 15-year-old girl, according to the report.

She told authorities that she and Robinson engaged in intercourse and other sex acts.

The victim, whose name authorities did not release, reported the incident on Dec. 5.

She told authorities it was nonconsensual, but the Sheriff's Office did not charge Robinson with that offense. Robinson admitted to having sex with the girl, the report said.

Prosecutors believe the victim's story, Handsel said, but she could not comment on the specifics of how the State Attorney's Office arrived at its decision.

"The victim is in no way being investigated or charged with any crime," Handsel said. "There is no indication that the allegation that the victim and defendant had sex was a false complaint."

Robinson, a wide receiver, had 43 catches and led Pasco County with 876 receiving yards. He was named by Florida's sports writers to the Class 5A all-state team - news that was released the same weekend Robinson was bailed out of jail. It was his first arrest.

Robinson could not be reached for comment Monday.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at thalji@sptimes.com or 727 869-6236 in west Pasco or toll free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6236.

[Last modified March 20, 2007, 00:49:50]


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