Boston University Hockey Star Charged with Sexual Assault

December 28, 2011
By Parker Scheer LLP on December 28, 2011 4:18 PM |

A Boston University star hockey player, and New York Islanders draft pick, was arrested by Boston University police after allegedly assaulting a female student. Reports indicate the 21 year old student followed a young woman back to her room and forced his way in.

According to police, the female student told him to leave but he refused and began indecently kissing and groping her. He apparently left the room twice, but continued to return. The student called campus security after the third attempt.

The student hockey player was arrested by BUPD in the dorm's elevator and was reported to be intoxicated. The player was permanently removed from the team, where he was the leading scorer in Hockey East.

The full article can be seen here.

Attorney Tofani, of counsel to Parker|Scheer, LLP and an associate of the firm's criminal practice group, reflects:

The allegations that led to the serious charges that Corey Trivino currently faces out of the Brighton District Court provide an example how college students that are charged with crimes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts face potential sanctions that exceed those that a non-student would face under similar circumstances.

As the news article points out, Trivino was quickly removed from the Boston University hockey team's roster. Additionally, he was ordered by the Brighton District Court to stay away from Boston University housing and he was ordered to forfeit his Canadian passport. In other words, at the commencement of the criminal proceedings, Trivino was subject to independent sanctions from: 1) Brighton District Court; 2) United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement ('ICE'); 3) the Boston University hockey team; and, 4) the Boston University disciplinary board.

This is a common situation that college students charged with crimes often face: proceedings and possible sanctions from a number of different governing bodies, in addition to the courts of the Commonwealth. This is precisely why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight for the best interest of the college student before each governing body.

The university disciplinary board is a distinct entity from the court system, and generally operates independently. Depending on the particular policies of the specific university, the disciplinary board may communicate with the investigating police officers, if necessary, or may have no communication with any individuals beyond the student and the employees of the institution. Notwithstanding, a positive disposition in the courtroom often allows for a positive disposition before the respective university disciplinary board, and minimizes potential immigration consequences.

If you or a family member has been charged with criminal activity, please contact Parker|Scheer LLP for a free consultation with one of our experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Please also see Stonehill College Student Charged, Utah Professor Caught Watching Child Pornography and Boston Police Urge Caution on the Esplanade for related Boston Criminal Defense posts.