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Boston College football player charged with illegal audiotaping

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 21, 2012 12:15 PM

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A Boston College football player was charged Wednesday with illegally audiotaping a consensual sexual encounter between a fellow player and a female graduate student in a campus suite the players shared.

Jaryd Rudolph, a 19-year-old defensive tackle from Plympton, allegedly violated the state's privacy and eavesdropping laws Feb. 15 when he recorded the episode on his cellphone and shared the tape with at least one BC teammate.

The female student filed a complaint with BC Police, and a clerk magistrate in Brighton District Court ruled after a closed-door hearing that there was sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal charge.

Rudolph, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, has been suspended from the football team. A BC spokesman said Rudolph also has been placed on university probation and ordered to undergo educational training and counseling.

The woman involved in the encounter said through her lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, that she was humiliated when other BC students teased her about the recording at her workplace.

Rudolph, a junior at BC, was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the woman. He is due back in court April 17.

A former star at Silver Lake Regional High School, Rudolph has seen limited action the last two seasons with the Eagles.

Rudolph is the third member of a high-profile college sports team in the city to face criminal charges this academic year. Two Boston University hockey stars -- Corey Trivino and Max Nicastro -- face sexual assault charges in the same court. Both have left BU.

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