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Smithtown teen pleads not guilty in Conn. sex assault

Smithtown East High School's Nick Travers plays during

Smithtown East High School's Nick Travers plays during a game against Comsewogue High School. (April 2, 2009) Credit: Frank Koester

A Sacred Heart University lacrosse player from Smithtown who is accused with two other students of sexually assaulting a classmate has pleaded not guilty.

Nicholas Travers, 18, and two of his Sacred Heart teammates pleaded not guilty Dec. 15 in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn. They are accused of first-degree sexual assault of a female student in a dormitory room on Nov. 22.

Travers' case was continued Monday. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 17.

Travers and Zachari Triner, 18, of Mansfield, Mass; and Timothy Sanders, 19, of Ashburn, Va., are free on $25,000 bond. Each has elected trial by jury.

Calls to Travers' lawyer, John R. Gulash of Bridgeport, were not immediately returned.

According to police and a report in the Connecticut Post, early on the morning of Nov. 22, Sanders and the victim, an 18-year-old from New Jersey, were having consensual sex in a dorm room when Sanders held the girl down on the bed and called for his two male companions.

The other two teens took off their clothes and sexually assaulted the girl as Sanders held her down, police said.

Police said Triner later claimed he had entered the room naked and fled without touching the girl. Travers denied knowing anything about the attack.

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