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Ex-NFL Giants player Luke Petitgout charged with sexual assault

Posted at 7:10 PM, Nov 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-05 19:10:29-05

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. (AP/PIX11) — Former New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Lucas "Luke" Petitgout has been charged with assault and sexual assault in New Jersey.

Petitgout's attorney, Patrick J. Jennings, said Tuesday the allegations are baseless and he intends to vigorously defend the former offensive lineman.

The charges were filed in Pascack Joint Municipal Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors didn't immediately respond to an email seeking details of the alleged crimes, but a criminal complaint, obtained by NJ.com, detailed the violent attack.

Petitgout allegedly pinned the woman to the floor and digitally penetrated her. He also allegedly choked her with her bra, which he removed, after tackling her to the ground. The New York Daily News reported Petitgout's victim was his estranged wife.

The former football player had a misdemeanor harassment case against him after his wife accused him of hitting her. The case was dropped in New York last year.

Petitgout was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County jail. Jennings says he expects him to be released soon.

He played college football at Notre Dame and spent eight seasons with the Giants and one with the Buccaneers.

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