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Maryland Lacrosse Player Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery

Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, a freshman at the University of Maryland, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 49-year-old woman.

Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, a freshman at the University of Maryland, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 49-year-old woman. Credit: Screenshot from FOX DC
Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, a freshman at the University of Maryland, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 49-year-old woman. Credit: Screenshot from FOX DC
University of Maryland lacrosse player Benjamin Chisolm, 19, of Davidsonville has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Sunday’s Zac Brown Band concert in Bristow, VA.

Prince William County Police say a 49-year-old woman fell asleep on the lawn at a Jiffy Lube Live concert venue Sunday night, WJLA reports. The woman woke up to a man lying beside her and touching her inappropriately; he then walked away.

On social media people had speculated that the woman somehow deserved the unwanted attention because she was intoxicated. But, the victim called Fox DC to “set the record straight,” saying she lay down because of a medical problem.

“People are saying I deserved it, that I was drunk, that I was passed out on the grass,” the woman told Fox in a recorded phone call. “None of that is true.”

The woman was at the concert with a group, including her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend, FOX DC reports. It was the first time she was away from home with a new pacemaker, became overheated and lay down at the edge of a blanket.

“This guy comes running up and slides up right behind me like he was spooning me, and he was grinding his bottom half against my bottom half, and he took his arm and put it around me and grabbed my breast,” the woman told Fox DC. “No, I wasn’t raped. No, my clothes weren’t taken off. But, I feel weird because somebody else touched me that I did not know. That I didn’t give permission.”

Chisolm was detained by police at the concert for public intoxication, according to CBS DC. He was charged with aggravated sexual battery later that night.

A statement issued by the University of Maryland to WJLA says, “We are aware of the reported incident regarding one of our student-athletes. The university takes these matters very seriously and will cooperate with authorities during their investigation.”

He is being held without bond with a court date scheduled for July 17.
Darla Tagrin June 27, 2014 at 08:05 AM
This may not seem like a serious offense, but how would you like it if some idiot decided to do it to you? Where do some men get the idea that it's OK to do whatever they feel like to a woman regardless of what she wants? Too bad she didn't kick him where he keeps his brains.
Jay June 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM
She's too old to rock.
Patrick Carter June 27, 2014 at 02:06 PM
freaking perv! insult to lacrosse players everywhere, except maybe Duke.
Gabriela R June 27, 2014 at 02:10 PM
I'm going to say this in no uncertain terms: It is a serious offense. His rights end where hers begin. All people have the right to be free from harassment, no matter what form it comes in. And no one is too old to rock...that's the whole point of rock. And getting old.
Mary Vecellio June 29, 2014 at 08:32 AM
And, his being drunk is NO excuse for what he did to this woman, who was lying down because she was ill! He needs to serve time!

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