Ex-BU hockey player Trivino pleads guilty to assault

Posted Aug. 07, 2012, at 8:09 p.m.

BOSTON — A former Boston University hockey player has pleaded guilty to assault after prosecutors say he groped a woman in a school dorm last year.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Corey Trivino of Toronto, Canada, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two assault charges and trespassing as his trial was about to begin.

Authorities said Trivino forced his way into a resident advisor’s room in December, assaulting the 23-year-old after she asked him and others to be observe mandatory quiet hours.

In court on Tuesday, Trivino apologized to the woman, who gave a victim impact statement saying the experience “has affected every ounce of my being.”

A judge sentenced the 22-year-old Trivino to two years of probation and ordered him to stay away from the victim among other conditions.

Trivino, a 2008 draft pick of the New York Islanders, was the leading Hockey East goal scorer at the time of his December arrest. The school kicked him off the team.

Prosecutors in March dropped a charge against Trivino of assault with intent to rape the victim, saying evidence didn’t show that specific intent.

Trivino’s lawyer Conrad Bletzer declined comment Tuesday on his client’s pleading.

In a separate case, prosecutors in June dropped rape charges against former Boston University hockey player Max Nicastro, who was accused in February of assaulting a female student on campus. The 23-year-old’s attorney said at the time that authorities’ decision not to pursue the case spoke volumes.

Following the players’ arrests, BU formed a task force to study the “culture and climate” of its hockey team. The university’s president said the initiative didn’t reflect a judgment of facts in the two cases. But he said the criminal charges led to questions about whether the team’s culture and climate contributed to the two players’ actions.

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