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Fresno-Area High School Wrestler’s Sexual Battery Charge Dropped

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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.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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