Marv Albert is booked on sex charges, will plead innocent
May. 27, 1997
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Marv Albert was booked, fingerprinted and photographed on sex charges Tuesday after marching into court, where his lawyer made of point of telling a judge the sportscaster will plead innocent.
Judge Benjamin Kendrick set a Sept. 22 trial date for Albert, who was indicted last week on charges of biting a woman repeatedly and forcing her to perform oral sex in his hotel room in February. Albert arranged his surrender through his lawyer.
The judge released Albert on his own recognizance.
NBC's No. 1 basketball announcer said nothing in court or as he, fiancee Heather Faulkiner and his four sons pushed past throngs of reporters and cameras outside the Arlington County courthouse.
Albert did not formally enter a plea. The judge said he prefers to adhere to the local custom of accepting pleas immediately before trial.
However, defense attorney Gerard Treanor asked the judge during the five-minute hearing to acknowledge that his client intends to plead innocent to the assault and forcible sodomy charges.
``We look forward to that trial and we look forward to his vindication,'' Treanor said after the hearing.
Neither Treanor nor prosecutor Richard Trodden would elaborate on the evidence or say whether tests of Albert's teeth will be performed.
Albert, 53, could get up to life in prison.
Albert's mugshots, which will be released Wednesday, 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 and the New York Rangers hockey team.
Albert, who lives in New York, was divorced five years ago.