Ravens meet with Jackson, over charges Team discusses allegations of sexual abuse by receiver

Pro Football

November 22, 1998|By Mike Preston

Ravens officials met with wide receiver Michael Jackson yesterday to discuss a Highlandtown woman's allegations of sexual abuse, and the club later released a statement saying it would not "prejudge the situation."

The 44-year-old woman, who said she had a 16-month relationship with Jackson, filed 11 charges in District Court: two counts of second-degree sex offense, a third-degree sex offense, three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of perverted practice, one count of sodomy, one count of harassment and one count of false imprisonment.

The Sun does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assaults.

"Michael is aware of the charges and has met with Ravens officials to discuss these," team spokesman Kevin Byrne said in the statement. "He will continue with the team and follow the players' regular routine. We will not prejudge the situation before Michael's hearing, which is scheduled for Dec. 30."

Jackson met with coach Ted Marchibroda and vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome yesterday morning before the Ravens' walk-through practice at the Owings Mills training complex.

Jackson accompanied the team to Cincinnati for today's game against the Bengals, and did not return phone calls to the team's hotel last night.

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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