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Charges against Cornhusker tailback dropped

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(c) 1995 Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov 8, 1995 - 16:42 EST) -- Two misdemeanor charges against Nebraska tailback James Sims have been dismissed because he entered a pretrial diversion program.

Sims, 24, was arrested July 3 after a disturbance involving his former girlfriend. A trial scheduled for September on charges of disturbing the peace and vandalism had been delayed until this week because the 25-year-old woman did not show up in court.

Sims has said that he was innocent and that the woman did not show up in court because she didn't want to pursue the charges.

Court documents indicated the two argued over some of Sims' property the woman had put in the street. During the altercation, a window in the woman's car was broken and she injured her leg on the broken glass.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges Sept. 27. Charges could be refiled against Sims, who is fifth on the team's depth chart, if he does not successfully complete the program.

His was one of three tail backs on the defending national champion team who have brushes with the law this season.

Lawrence Phillips played last week for the first time since Sept. 9 following his attack on a former girlfriend. He is to be sentenced for misdemeanor assault and trespassing Dec. 1. Backup Damon Benning was accused of pushing around an ex-girlfriend Sept. 9, but no charges were filed.