Charley Gargano pleads not guilty to battery charge

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- 20-year-old Charley Gargano pleaded not guilty in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Tuesday, October 8th to a charge of substantial battery.

Gargano is the Marquette University lacrosse player accused of dropping acid and punching a female public safety officer.

Prosecutors believe Gargano took multiple hits of LSD at the Rave on a Saturday in September. Then back on campus, he allegedly punched the safety officer in the face twice. Her injuries included a broken orbital bone and a nasal fracture. She also needed eight stitches above her eye.

If convicted, Gargano faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Gargano will not be allowed to return to the Marquette lacrosse team, pending a student conduct review.

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