Ex-Terp Garrison won't have to register as sex offender after case is modified

College basketball

January 09, 2007|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,Sun reporter

Former Maryland basketball player Travis Garrison won't have to register as a sex offender or serve jail time for a 2005 incident in which he was accused of assaulting a woman at a College Park bar.

A judge approved a sentence revision yesterday in which a fourth-degree sex offense charge against Garrison was declared "inactive," said his attorney, Thomas C. Mooney.

"We mutually agreed to place the case in limbo. He did not admit to anything," Mooney said after a hearing in the courtroom of Prince George's Circuit Court Judge Michael Whalen.

"In essence, the case is placed on a shelf, and if all conditions are met, then there is the functional equivalent of dismissing the case," the attorney said.

Garrison, a 6-foot-8 forward, is averaging 11 points a game for the Greats Falls, Mont., Explorers of the Continental Basketball Association. He was on the road with the team yesterday and did not appear at the hearing in Upper Marlboro.

Garrison was charged with grabbing the buttocks of a woman three times against her objections and striking her in the face with his hand at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft around 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2005.

Garrison initially pleaded guilty to the sex offense in June and was sentenced to 60 days in a correctional facility, all but 10 of which were suspended. But he appealed the sentence, under which he would have had to register as a sex offender.

Garrison was accused of second-degree assault in the same incident - a charge that drew a sentence in June of two years probation, 100 hours of community service and anger-management training.

That sentence remains intact.

That community service is to include 10 hours of lecturing in the University of Maryland athletics program "about the perils of such conduct," according to the office of Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

Garrison averaged 10.1 points per game for the Terrapins in 2004-05, his best season.

jeff.barker@baltsun.com

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