The Boston Herald details how too traumatized to withstand a trial, the former Boston University graduate student who told police drunken National Hockey League hopeful Corey Trivino sexually assaulted her in her dorm room cleared the way for him yesterday to get on with his dream of stardom — even as she questioned if she’ll ever wake up from her nightmare.
“Unfortunately for me, there is no ending because the mind does not forget,” the tearful Maine native, whom the Herald is not identifying, told Judge Patricia Bernstein after the Terriers’ onetime scoring machine pleaded guilty to assault and battery and trespassing — charges prosecutors reduced from indecent assault and battery and breaking and entering.
Trivino will be on probation for two years, forbidden to drink booze and subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
“This is a recommendation that has been crafted and reviewed but would not be acceptable to the commonwealth unless it was consented to by the victim,” assistant Suffolk District Attorney Gloriann Moroney said. “We are at the point where she is looking to put this behind her and does not want to subject herself to a potentially traumatic trial.”
Defense attorney Conrad Bletzer told the judge Trivino’s “agents” expect to land him an NHL contract by month’s end, either with the Islanders or another club. A spokesman for the Islanders did not respond yesterday to a request for comment on Trivino’s status, but a personnel director for an NHL team cited several players who dealt with legal issues and then still got the chance to play.
“I’d say he still has a fair chance to make it in the NHL,” he said. “Teams will want to see what happens with the court and also how his attitude is, but my guess is he’s still going to get a shot at the NHL.”
Prosecutors dropped a charge of attempted rape in March for lack of evidence. The victim said yesterday she is in therapy twice a week and on medication for post-traumatic stress.
Trivino, a 6-foot center drafted in 2008 by the New York Islanders, told Bernstein he wanted to write the victim a letter after the Dec. 11 attack, in which she said he forced his way into her room and groped and kissed her as she protested, “You need to go,” court documents state.
“I just want her to know I’m truly, deeply sorry for my actions,” Trivino said.
Trivino had one semester remaining on his senior year when he was arrested. BU spokesman Colin Riley said Trivino is no longer enrolled at the school.