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Marv Albert faces September trial on sex charge

May 28, 1997

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ A grim-faced Marv Albert was fingerprinted, booked and photographed _ with his toupee _ after a hearing in which his lawyer made it clear the sportscaster will plead innocent to sodomy and assault charges.

``We look forward to that trial and we look forward to his vindication,″ attorney Gerard Treanor said after Tuesday’s initial hearing for Albert in Arlington County Circuit Court. His trial was set for Sept. 22.

Albert, 53, was released on his own recognizance. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

NBC’s No. 1 basketball announcer said nothing in court or as he and fiancee Heather Faulkiner, and his four adult children pushed past reporters and cameras outside the courthouse.

Albert was indicted on May 19 on charges of biting a woman repeatedly and forcing her to perform oral sex in his hotel room in February.

Albert did not formally enter a plea Tuesday. Judge Benjamin Kendrick said he prefers to adhere to the local custom of accepting pleas immediately before trial.

Treanor requested the September trial date, saying the defense needed time to analyze physical evidence. But neither he nor Commonwealth’s Attorney Richard Trodden would elaborate on the evidence or whether tests of Albert’s blood or teeth will be performed.

Albert’s mugshots, which were to be released today, show the sportscaster wearing his toupee, said Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Raffo.

``If he has one, he never removed it,″ Raffo said. ``Ordinarily we like to photograph people the way they ordinarily appear, and to the best of my knowledge, he ordinarily appears just the way he did today.″

Albert’s accuser _ a 41-year-old woman who said she has been a friend of his for 10 years _ faces criminal charges herself. She is accused of threatening to kill a former boyfriend in March. A female co-worker at the Washington Hilton hotel also filed a discrimination complaint accusing the woman of harassing her.

Albert, who has worked for NBC since 1977, also covers football and boxing for the network. He is known for hailing fine plays with a hearty ``Yesss!″ He also does play-by-play for the NBA’s New York Knicks.

Albert, who lives in New York, was divorced five years ago.

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