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Sedric Webber Cleared by Judge

July 22, 1998

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ A judge has thrown out trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against College of Charleston center Sedric Webber.

Webber, the 1998 Trans American Athletic Conference co-player of the year, was ticketed Sunday after he refused a campus security officer’s order to leave the school’s basketball arena. Webber was playing ball with a group of friends, including Sacramento Kings point guard Anthony Johnson.

Magistrate David Coker ruled Webber had a right to be in the gym.

``The investigation by both sides revealed that the person in charge of the facility at the time had given them permission to be in there,″ Webber’s lawyer Barry Krell said.

Webber was the only person ticketed. ``He was the only one who kind of stood up for what he thought was right,″ Krell said.

Webber led Charleston with 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He also led the league with 67 steals.

The Cougars finished 24-6 and made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. ``We’re glad the misunderstanding was cleared up,″ athletic director Jerry Baker said.

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