Darren Sanders, the security director for the Baltimore Ravens football team, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he groped a stadium worker after a game last year.
The 34-year-old unnamed worker told police in December that she was asked to escort a man who identified himself as the head of security, according to court records obtained by the Baltimore Sun.
She claimed that the man groped her buttocks, then kissed her neck and tried to make her grab his genitals, the court documents state. Police say a witness observed part of the alleged incident, which led to Sanders being charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense.
Sanders, 48, has vehemently denied the claims. “It does a disservice to real victims when people make things up like this,” his lawyer, Andrew Alperstein, told the paper. “People like [Sanders] are susceptible to made-up allegations. It puts you in a vulnerable position.”
The security chief was placed on paid leave in December. He has requested a jury trial, which has been scheduled for May 12, CBS News reports.
This is just the latest in a series of incidents involving the Ravens. Last year, the NFL team dropped running back Ray Rice after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City hotel.
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