CLOVIS (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped the sexual battery charge against a California high school wrestler who claimed he was just executing a common wrestling move.
The teenager had faced the charge for allegedly ramming his fingers into the rectum of his teammate.
But defense lawyer Stephen Quade said his 17-year-old client had used a legitimate wrestling move called the “butt drag” during the July practice match.
The Fresno Bee reports that the charge was dropped Wednesday at a court hearing as part of a mediation agreement between the Clovis teen and the accuser.
The Associated Press is not naming the defendant because he is a minor.
He was expelled from the school in January, after officials concluded the teen had sexually assaulted his teammate.
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