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Bengals LB Nicholson to face charges in Florida

CINCINNATI (June 1, 2006) -- Bengals rookie linebacker A.J. Nicholson will travel to Florida to face charges of burglarizing the apartment of a former Florida State teammate.

Nicholson, a fifth-round draft pick last April, has been participating in offseason workouts at Paul Brown Stadium this week. The club has declined to comment while the case is handled in court.

Nicholson and Fred Rouse, another former Florida State teammate, have been charged with breaking into the apartment of Seminoles running back Lorenzo Booker and stealing $1,700 worth of electronic equipment the weekend of May 20-21.

Rouse was arrested in Tallahassee last Saturday. Nicholson was in Cincinnati when charges were filed.

Nicholson and Rouse are charged with felony counts of burglary and grand theft. Nicholson also is charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for damage to the apartment.

The Bengals drafted Nicholson, 21, despite his history of off-field problems at Florida State. The most recent came before the Orange Bowl, when he was suspended for taking a woman to the team hotel. The woman accused him of sexual assault, but Nicholson has not been charged.

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