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singersp
04-19-2006, 01:31 PM
Williams' trial begins today

For the first time, the public may hear the boat employees' accounts.

David Chanen, Star Tribune
Last update: April 19, 2006 – 12:09 AM

Erika Chepokas had worked more than 500 boat cruises on Lake Minnetonka, but she told detectives that the days after bartending on the now-infamous Minnesota Vikings cruise six months ago were "great hell for me."

"I couldn't get the images out of my head. I was just flying, I felt completely violated," she said in investigative documents obtained by the Star Tribune. "I don't think of myself as the most innocent person that has ever lived, but I felt like a lot of my innocence had been taken from me."

Chepokas is one of three crew members whose descriptions of players involved in lap dances, oral sex and lewd conduct are documented in police reports.

If the women are called as witnesses in today's trial of former Viking Moe Williams, it would be the first time since the Oct. 6 cruise that any boat employee has spoken publicly about what happened.

Chepokas, 23, who had worked for Al & Alma's Restaurant and Cruises for two years, didn't see the incident in which Williams allegedly touched the breast of a woman during a lap dance in a lower level of the boat, but she talked about feeling intimidated as he continually shut off lights around her bar.

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door," she told investigators.

The charges against former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper were dismissed two weeks ago, but Williams and Vikings Bryant McKinnie and Fred Smoot face misdemeanor charges of indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct.

Williams lost a pretrial motion to have his charges dismissed for lack of evidence or selective prosecution because two white people who allegedly committed a sexual crime on the boat weren't charged. Williams is black. He admitted in the hearing that he received a lap dance but said he couldn't have touched the woman because he had objects in both hands.

The six jurors needed for Williams' trial were selected Tuesday and a juror questionnaire was made public. The document lists three Hennepin County Sheriff's Office employees, Chepokas, two other Al & Alma's employees and co-owner Meritt Geyen as potential witnesses.

The party thrown by Vikings players took place on two chartered boats. The evening cruise drew about 90 guests, including strippers flown in from out of state for the event.

Smoot has been charged with using sex toys and McKinnie is accused of performing oral sex in front of stunned crew members. The boat captains cut the cruise short because of the activities.

Chepokas, crew member Jamie Lyons and attorney Stephen Doyle, who represents the cruise company, couldn't be reached to comment Tuesday. Another crew member, Jamie Palm, declined to comment. At the end of each interview with detectives, the women said they would be willing to testify if the case went to trial.

In her interview, Chepokas said she was asked at the last minute to work the cruise. She talked about the skimpy outfits some of the invited guests changed into. Then some got completely naked, she said.

Chepokas believed most of the men she could see received lap dances. Some were telling the women to do specific sexual acts and were making derogatory comments toward them, she said.

At one point, Williams kept trying to shut off the lights near her bar. She told him she wouldn't be able to pour drinks, and after saying no a few times, he threw a $100 bill in a tip jar and said, "The lights are going off." In his pretrial hearing, he testified that he noticed a bartender shielding her eyes and that he told her to dim the lights.

Palm, 21, who has worked for Al & Alma's for seven years, said there were times she felt uncomfortable during the cruise. She graphically described several of the lap dances and needing to go out and get fresh air because she was feeling claustrophobic "just being in there with so many people and having to deal with what was going on."

"But I didn't feel personally threatened," she said. "I'm sure other people did, but personally I didn't." Asked if there were a lot of drunk people, she replied, "Oh yeah."

When Lyons saw some of the female guests stripping on the boat, she asked herself if it was legal. She told detectives she saw Williams touching the bare breast of a woman near a downstairs bathroom.

"I had to walk past them to check the soda pop up front of the boat, so I saw firsthand what was going on," said Lyons, 20. She told detectives she couldn't sleep that night and called her boyfriend crying at 5 a.m.

"The next night was about the same, couldn't sleep, just couldn't forget the thoughts, I pretty much cried all day," she said. "Were we supposed to be involved in this? That's how I was feeling."

David Chanen • 612-673-4465

Williams' trial begins today (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/377626.html)

Prophet
04-19-2006, 01:35 PM
KFFL
NFL | Police and courts: M. Williams
Tue, 18 Apr 2006 17:21:45 -0700

David Chanen, of the Star Tribune, reports jury selection began in the misdemeanor trial of free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings) Tuesday, April 18. Opening statements in Williams' trial are expected Wednesday, April 19. Six jurors are needed for a misdemeanor case.

NodakPaul
04-19-2006, 08:34 PM
"espn.com" wrote:

Opening statements given in Williams' 'love boat' trial
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was little dispute in court Wednesday about what running back Moe Williams did on a raunchy cruise with several other Minnesota Vikings players, but his attorney questioned whether it was a crime.

Attorneys gave opening statements in the indecency case against Williams and the first witness was called late Wednesday morning in Hennepin County District Court.

Prosecutor Steve Tallen said he would show that Williams touched a woman's breasts while the two danced in view of other people on a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka in October.

Defense lawyer Joe Friedberg told the jury Williams' conduct was not a crime. Friedberg told jurors that, "Mr. Williams was having a good time with a woman who was 100 percent consenting."

Four women and three men are on the jury.

Williams was one of four Vikings originally charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct. Charges against former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper have been dropped, but Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Fred Smoot are scheduled to go on trial in May.

The scandal was the lowest point in a dismal season for the Vikings, who lost Culpepper to a serious knee injury soon afterward.

He was traded to Miami for a second-round pick after his relationship with the team and new head coach Brad Childress deteriorated in the offseason.

cajunvike
04-19-2006, 08:43 PM
These employees act like they've never seen anything like what happened on the boat...fercrissakes, they are BARTENDERS!!! Those guys see us all at our worst...just ask Polo!!! :lol:

Gift
04-19-2006, 08:45 PM
"singersp" wrote:


Vikings cruise six months ago were "great hell for me."

"I couldn't get the images out of my head. I was just flying, I felt completely violated"

"I felt like a lot of my innocence had been taken from me."

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door"

She told detectives she couldn't sleep that night and called her boyfriend crying at 5 a.m.

"The next night was about the same, couldn't sleep, just couldn't forget the thoughts, I pretty much cried all day," she said. "Were we supposed to be involved in this? That's how I was feeling."

The dumbest comments I've ever read. Grow the fuck up!

NodakPaul
04-19-2006, 08:45 PM
"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door," she told investigators.

:roll: Excuse me while I get my hip boots on. Didn't know the witness statements contained quite this much bull shit. Come on lady, if you are going to try and fake some kind of PTSD as a result of the party, at least do some research and make it believable.

Don't get me wrong... The actions of the Vikings were deplorable, but this sounds like someone gearing up for a civil suit. In the end its all about the money... Just MHO.

In another note, 'McKinnie is accused of performing oral sex in front of stunned crew members'. Talk about the biggest loser in all of this. Come on, he went down on a stripper. :pukeright:

Gift
04-19-2006, 08:47 PM
"NodakPaul" wrote:

In another note, 'McKinnie is accused of performing oral sex in front of stunned crew members'. Talk about the biggest loser in all of this. Come on, he went down on a stripper. :pukeright:hehe..awesome :razz:

NodakPaul
04-19-2006, 08:51 PM
"Gift" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:


Vikings cruise six months ago were "great hell for me."

"I couldn't get the images out of my head. I was just flying, I felt completely violated"

"I felt like a lot of my innocence had been taken from me."

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door"

She told detectives she couldn't sleep that night and called her boyfriend crying at 5 a.m.

"The next night was about the same, couldn't sleep, just couldn't forget the thoughts, I pretty much cried all day," she said. "Were we supposed to be involved in this? That's how I was feeling."

The dumbest comments I've ever read. Grow the F!!ck up!

Those quotes were from two different girls. The first set of quotes is pretty lame, I agree. But the second one has a ring of truth to it. She isn't claiming to have "lost her innocence" like the first one. I bet to an unexpecting 20 YOA girl, seeing any type of live sex could leave you a little rattled for a couple of days.

Gift
04-19-2006, 08:57 PM
"NodakPaul" wrote:

"Gift" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:


Vikings cruise six months ago were "great hell for me."

"I couldn't get the images out of my head. I was just flying, I felt completely violated"

"I felt like a lot of my innocence had been taken from me."

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door"

She told detectives she couldn't sleep that night and called her boyfriend crying at 5 a.m.

"The next night was about the same, couldn't sleep, just couldn't forget the thoughts, I pretty much cried all day," she said. "Were we supposed to be involved in this? That's how I was feeling."

The dumbest comments I've ever read. Grow the F!!ck up!

Those quotes were from two different girls. The first set of quotes is pretty lame, I agree. But the second one has a ring of truth to it. She isn't claiming to have "lost her innocence" like the first one. I bet to an unexpecting 20 YOA girl, seeing any type of live sex could leave you a little rattled for a couple of days.maybe I was a little hard on the second girl but come on, watching people fool around makes you cry all night & the next day? I new 13 year olds (growing up) more hardcore than her. A little while back on my way home from work I witnessed a hobo getting a BJ from another hobo in the middle of downtown. I didn't lose sleep over it, it was kinda the highlight of my day. Seems to me how people handle the situation emotionally should be irrelevant to court proceedings.

Slade
04-19-2006, 08:59 PM
C'mon Moe, plead da fith! 1,2,3,4........5!!

NodakPaul
04-19-2006, 09:10 PM
"Gift" wrote:

maybe I was a little hard on the second girls but come on, watching people fool around makes you cry all night & the next day? I new 13 year olds (growing up) more hardcore than her.

So did I. But I also know plenty of 20 YOAs that aren't. If the reports of Smoot using sex toys and McKinnie dining at the Y are correct (again :pukeright: for McKinnie), that could be a pretty intense scene for all but the most, um, "active" 20 year old girls.

Is it criminal, well... not IMHO.

Gift
04-19-2006, 09:44 PM
"NodakPaul" wrote:

"Gift" wrote:

maybe I was a little hard on the second girls but come on, watching people fool around makes you cry all night & the next day? I new 13 year olds (growing up) more hardcore than her.

So did I. But I also know plenty of 20 YOAs that aren't. If the reports of Smoot using sex toys and McKinnie dining at the Y are correct (again :pukeright: for McKinnie), that could be a pretty intense scene for all but the most, um, "active" 20 year old girls.

Is it criminal, well... not IMHO.After rethinking it, seeing McKinnie doing anything sexual could give me nightmares to. :oops:

VikesfaninWis
04-19-2006, 09:45 PM
What I don't understand is it came out that Moe was playing dice with Pepp right? Well if that is the case, why isn't Moe getting cleared of his charges when Pepp has already?

Those statements from those two girls sounds more like two people trying to swindle money out of a professional athlete. Just doesn't sound right. They act like they got raped for god sake..

NodakPaul
04-19-2006, 09:49 PM
"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

What I don't understand is it came out that Moe was playing dice with Pepp right? Well if that is the case, why isn't Moe getting cleared of his charges when Pepp has already?

Those statements from those two girls sounds more like two people trying to swindle money out of a professional athlete. Just doesn't sound right. They act like they got raped for god sake..

I don't think Moe ever said he was playing dice with Pep. I could be wrong but I just don't remember that part. As far as the two girls, I agree with you for the first one. I stand firm in my belief that the second is on the up and up.

cajunvike
04-19-2006, 09:51 PM
"NodakPaul" wrote:

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door," she told investigators.

:roll: Excuse me while I get my hip boots on. Didn't know the witness statements contained quite this much bull pooh. Come on lady, if you are going to try and fake some kind of PTSD as a result of the party, at least do some research and make it believable.

Don't get me wrong... The actions of the Vikings were deplorable, but this sounds like someone gearing up for a civil suit. In the end its all about the money... Just MHO.

In another note, 'McKinnie is accused of performing oral sex in front of stunned crew members'. Talk about the biggest loser in all of this. Come on, he went down on a stripper. :pukeright:

It could've been worse...it could have been Ron "The Hedgehog" Jeremy going down on HIMSELF!!! :pukeright:

Now, that's cause for nightmares!!!

VikesfaninWis
04-19-2006, 10:03 PM
"NodakPaul" wrote:

"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

What I don't understand is it came out that Moe was playing dice with Pepp right? Well if that is the case, why isn't Moe getting cleared of his charges when Pepp has already?

Those statements from those two girls sounds more like two people trying to swindle money out of a professional athlete. Just doesn't sound right. They act like they got raped for god sake..

I don't think Moe ever said he was playing dice with Pep. I could be wrong but I just don't remember that part. As far as the two girls, I agree with you for the first one. I stand firm in my belief that the second is on the up and up.


I could be wrong, but I thought in a prior post that it was stated that Pepp and Moe were playing dice in the back of the boat. Either the case, if Moe only got a dam lap dance, then he shouldn't be standing trial on anything.. At the very most, he should be fined...

Prophet
04-20-2006, 12:15 AM
KFFL
NFL | Opening statements heard in M. Williams' trial
Wed, 19 Apr 2006 12:02:40 -0700

The Associated Press reports opening statements were given Wednesday, April 19, in the misdemeanor trial of free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings). Williams was one of four players charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct. Prosecutor Steve Tallen said he would show that Williams touched a woman's breasts while he danced in view of other people on a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka last October. Williams' lawyer, Joe Friedberg, told the jury his client's conduct was not a crime, because he was "with a woman who was 100 percent consenting."

Vikes
04-20-2006, 12:34 AM
Damn..I wish I was there. I would have played Dice with PEP and won that big chain of his.

vegasvike
04-20-2006, 12:44 AM
"Gift" wrote:

"NodakPaul" wrote:

"Gift" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:


Vikings cruise six months ago were "great hell for me."

"I couldn't get the images out of my head. I was just flying, I felt completely violated"

"I felt like a lot of my innocence had been taken from me."

"I know it's ridiculous, but when I lie in bed I'm afraid that they're gonna -- those Vikings players are going to like come through my sliding glass door"

She told detectives she couldn't sleep that night and called her boyfriend crying at 5 a.m.

"The next night was about the same, couldn't sleep, just couldn't forget the thoughts, I pretty much cried all day," she said. "Were we supposed to be involved in this? That's how I was feeling."

The dumbest comments I've ever read. Grow the F!!ck up!

Those quotes were from two different girls. The first set of quotes is pretty lame, I agree. But the second one has a ring of truth to it. She isn't claiming to have "lost her innocence" like the first one. I bet to an unexpecting 20 YOA girl, seeing any type of live sex could leave you a little rattled for a couple of days.maybe I was a little hard on the second girl but come on, watching people fool around makes you cry all night & the next day? I new 13 year olds (growing up) more hardcore than her. A little while back on my way home from work I witnessed a hobo getting a BJ from another hobo in the middle of downtown. I didn't lose sleep over it, it was kinda the highlight of my day. Seems to me how people handle the situation emotionally should be irrelevant to court proceedings.


yeah she's 20 and is still a virgin? So if she does anything with her boyfriend I bet she cries for at least a month day and night.
This whole trial is kinda pointless to me. Unless Moe had one nipp hooked up to a car battery and the other one being gnawed on by a field rodent, a lap dance some stripper consenting to have Moe touch touch her exposed breast mean nothing. Here in town I used to do the samething and nothing happened. but Smoot and the Mountain, well that is something else

singersp
04-20-2006, 01:08 PM
Posted on Wed, Apr. 19, 2006

Waitresses from Vikings boat party testify against Williams

GREGG AAMOT
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Two women working as waitresses the night of an infamous Vikings boat party testified in court Wednesday that they saw former Vikings running back Moe Williams rubbing up against a scantily clad woman and touching her breasts.

Prosecutor Steve Tallen said the alleged conduct was criminal because the women who witnessed it were offended and because it happened near a public bathroom where people came and went during the night.

Tallen said the encounter was "in a public place where other people can see, and that's not OK."

Defense lawyer Joe Friedberg acknowledged that Williams received a close dance from the woman but said it was in an area of the boat where there were few people - away from a party on the deck. He told the jurors the conduct was not against the law.

"Mr. Williams was having a good time with a woman who was 100 percent consenting," Friedberg said.

Williams, 32, is the first player to be tried in the case, on charges of indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious behavior. Two other Vikings, tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Fred Smoot, face the same charges and are slated to go on trial in May. Charges against former quarterback Daunte Culpepper were dropped.

The prosecution presented its entire case Wednesday. Moe, who sat quietly in a dark suit throughout, didn't testify and the defense called no witnesses. The jury was scheduled to hear closing arguments Thursday.

In his opening statement, Tallen said jurors would learn that the cruise on Lake Minnetonka "basically became a floating orgy."

The prosecution's key witnesses, Jamie Lyons and Erika Chepokas, were working as waitresses on the "Avanti" - a boat owned by Al & Alma's Restaurant and Cruises - Oct. 6 when Vikings rookies took the veterans out for a cruise.

Lyons and Chepokas described women carrying bags aboard the boat with team members, then quickly changing into thongs and scanty tops. Lyons and Chepokas said the women began giving lap dances to men on the boat, and eventually some of them took off all of their clothes.

"After we left the dock, it turned into a strip club," Lyons said.

The women each said they came across Williams and a woman who were together in a tight space in the lower part of the boat, near a bathroom. Both said Williams was touching the woman, including on her breasts.

"I wish I hadn't," Lyons said when Tallen asked for her reaction to seeing Williams and the woman dancing with him. "I had to be so close to it that that was the worst thing about it."

Friedberg said Williams spent most of the night in the boat's bar area, drinking cranberry vodkas. In cross-examining Lyons, he also noted that she didn't mention any incident involving Williams in notes she wrote about the night so that she would remember what had happened.

"What I am suggesting," he said, "is that the things that made you feel uncomfortable and the things you wrote about were the things you saw happening upstairs," meaning on the deck.

The scandal was the lowest point in a dismal season for the Vikings, who lost Culpepper to a serious knee injury soon afterward. He was traded to Miami for a second-round pick after his relationship with the team and new head coach Brad Childress deteriorated in the offseason.

Williams, a free agent after 10 years in the league, missed the last half of the season with a knee injury. The Vikings don't plan to re-sign him, and Friedberg described him in court Wednesday as "retired."

Gregg Aamot can be reached at gaamot@ap.org

Waitresses from Vikings boat party testify against Williams (http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/14378917.htm)

singersp
04-20-2006, 01:31 PM
Ex-Viking's trial nears finish

A jury will now decide Moe Williams' fate on charges in the boat-party case.

David Chanen, Star Tribune
Last update: April 20, 2006 – 12:09 AM

Within days after Jamie Lyons tended bar during the Minnesota Vikings boat party, she wrote pages of detailed notes about all the lurid behavior she said she witnessed. She never mentioned running back Moe Williams getting a lap dance, but Lyons provided specifics about his activity when interviewed by a sheriff's detective.

Defense attorney Joseph Friedberg used the discrepancy as his final point during the former Viking's trial Wednesday, bellowing out to the jury that Lyons was only giving answers the prosecution wanted to hear. She quietly denied the accusation, but the exchange reminiscent of a "Law & Order" episode included the last words the jury will hear until closing arguments today.

Then jurors will consider whether Williams is guilty of three misdemeanors, including lewd and lascivious conduct, in the first of three trials of Vikings players.

Four witnesses were called to the stand, including a co-owner of the boat company who was questioned why her son was involved in a sexual act with a dancer while he was the captain. And race issues once again were raised when the defense attorney challenged the dismissal of a black juror.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Stephen Tallen came out swinging, describing the Oct. 6 cruise on Lake Minnetonka as a floating orgy. The three misdemeanor charges would hold because the lap dance was in a public place, he said.

In order for the dance to reach a criminal level, Friedberg countered, there must be proof that Williams intended to negatively affect a person. Everything that happened between Williams and the dancer was consensual, and rubbing her breast on him was "R-rated, not X-rated."

"Nobody said, 'Don't do that,' " Friedberg said. "Nobody on the boat went to the captain and told him to turn it around."

Vikings Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie were charged with the same misdemeanors of disorderly and lewd conduct, and they will be going to trial later this spring. Charges against former quarterback Daunte Culpepper were dismissed.

Friedberg told jurors that the Williams case was going to be short and he backed that up by not calling any witnesses, including his client.

Hennepin County sheriff's detective Charles Kelly testified that the events described by crew members would have shocked anyone.

The next witness was Merritt Geyen, co-owner of Al & Alma's Restaurant and Cruises. She said she never would have allowed the Vikings to rent the boats had she known what was going to happen. When asked by Friedberg about her son, Chris Geyen, touching a woman's exposed breast with his mouth while he piloted the boat, she said she didn't approve of his conduct. Chris Geyen hasn't been charged.

Friedberg was quick to challenge the story of crew member Erika Chepokas. She didn't tell detectives she saw Williams getting a lap dance, but during Wednesday's trial she told the jury she saw it happen near the bathroom in the boat's lower level. She saw Williams touching the woman's breast and other parts of her body when she went to get more beer for the guests from a stockroom, she said.

"The woman was only wearing a G-string and high heels. I was within a foot of them," Chepokas said. "The situation was horrible. I was afraid to tell them to stop."

The 23-year-old, who recently graduated with a communications degree from the University of Minnesota, said she tried to look away from all the sexual activity happening on the boat's main floor, where she was tending bar, "but it was impossible." At one point she talked to Chris Geyen about what was happening and he looked around the boat, she said. But it's unclear if that's when the decision was made to cut the cruise short and return to shore.

Like Chepokas, her co-worker Lyons shed some tears as she told about how their boat turned into a strip club minutes after they left the dock. She said she was disgusted about the underwear and used wipes the dancers threw on the floor and that the crew had to throw away after the cruise.

"I tried to sleep that night, but I was crying and shaking," she said. "I wondered if this was normal. I prayed to God it wasn't."

Lyons, 20, works as a nanny when she's not working at Al & Alma's. She said she was uncomfortable with the amount of drinking on the boat, including by Williams. Chepokas estimated the bar tab for the two boats was $8,000.

Six jurors and an alternate are hearing the case, and Friedberg challenged the dismissal of a potential juror. Williams, who is black, shouldn't have to be tried by a "lily-white" jury, Friedberg said.

Tallen had rejected a black juror, saying he had bad vibes about the man and that he was "less than careful" in filling out the jury questionnaire.

District Judge Kevin Burke called the prosecutor's reasons for eliminating the juror "suspect, weak and irrational," but said the act wasn't racially motivated.

Williams has said earlier he never touched the dancer. After court was adjourned Wednesday, Friedberg said the trial was going fabulously.

"Only an imbecile could lose this case," he said half-jokingly. "I like to put pressure on myself."


David Chanen • 612-673-4465

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Ex-Viking's trial nears finish (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/380282.html)

singersp
04-20-2006, 01:46 PM
Posted on Thu, Apr. 20, 2006

Lawyers debate Vikings cruise

'Floating orgy' or 'R-rated, not X-rated'? Facts in dispute during trial of Moe Williams

BY DAVID HAWLEY
Pioneer Press

The trial of former Minnesota Vikings running back Moe Williams on indecent behavior charges opened Wednesday with no one disputing the nature of a wild team party that took place last October aboard a chartered boat on Lake Minnetonka.

The prosecutor called it a "floating orgy," while Williams' lawyer said his client's conduct was "R-rated, not X-rated," amid some unmistakable hard-core activity on the boat.

Williams, now a free agent, is charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct, all misdemeanors.

Four prosecution witnesses testified in the Minneapolis trial before a six-member jury and one alternate. No defense witnesses were called, and the jury will begin deliberating this morning after the attorneys' final arguments.

Key testimony Wednesday came from two young female crewmembers who served drinks to Vikings players and a group of women who had been flown in to entertain the men. Prosecutor Steve Tallen contended that the crewmembers were the victims of the behavior that began soon after the cruise ship left the dock on the night of Oct. 6.

Both women testified that they saw Williams standing in a narrow corridor on the lowest level of the boat while a woman wearing only a thong and high heels performed what they called "dry humping" and "dry grinding."

They said that Williams touched the woman's breasts and other parts of her body during the dance and that they were forced to squeeze past the couple in order to access a storage area for bar supplies.

"I had to be so close to it — that was the worst part of it," said Jamie Lyons, an employee of Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises. The other waitress, Erika Chepokas, also testified about enduring a similar experience.

But Williams' attorney, Joe Friedberg, pointed out that neither of the waitresses had initially complained about Williams' conduct with the woman. Instead, the statements they gave investigators focused on activities that took place on the upper decks of the boat, which allegedly included the use of sex toys on naked women.

The two waitresses acknowledged that Williams spent most of the cruise standing next to the bar, where he consumed as many as six drinks. They said that Williams pressured them into turning the lights off for a short period, but that the incident on the lower deck was the only sexual activity he was observed doing.

Friedberg noted, in fact, that Chepokas never mentioned Williams in her statements to investigators and that Lyons spoke about Williams' conduct to an investigator only after he asked her to describe activities that were "less extreme."

Both crewmembers said they had worked for the charter service for a number of years and had never experienced what happened during the Vikings cruise. Both said they were very disturbed by the experience.

The trial also included testimony from Merritt Geyen, co-owner of Al & Alma's. She said that Vikings player Fred Smoot chartered two boats two days before the cruise and that she had no inkling about what was planned. The cruise was cut short because of the lewd behavior, she said.

Under cross-examination, however, Friedberg asked Geyen if she was aware that her son, Chris, the captain of one of the boats, had confessed to "nibbling" on the breast of one of the women and had never been charged. Geyen admitted that she knew about her son's activity.

Smoot and Bryant McKinnie also are charged in connection with the party and are scheduled to be tried next month. Smoot is charged with using a sex toy on two women and McKinnie is charged with performing and receiving oral sex.

Earlier this month, Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke, who is presiding over Williams' trial, dismissed similar charges against former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Burke ruled the prosecutor didn't present enough evidence to justify the charges.

Wednesday's trial was delayed by a court procedure launched Tuesday when Tallen, prosecutor for the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, used one of his peremptorystrikes to remove what would have been the only African-American on the jury. Friedberg objected, saying the action appeared to be racially motivated, since Williams is black.

In a pretrial session Wednesday, Burke said he could not determine if Tallen's reasons for striking the juror involved his race and therefore declined to reinstate the juror. But he cited an earlier development in the case, where Friedberg and Culpepper's attorney had claimed their clients had been charged partly because they were black.

Burke said his reasons for ruling against seating the juror were credible, but he acknowledged that the dispute had again raised the specter of a racial element in the case.

"This looks horrible," he said.

David Hawley can be reached at dhawley@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5257.

Lawyers debate Vikings cruise (http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/14382470.htm)

Deleted_User_7547
04-20-2006, 02:03 PM
VIKINGS ARE NOT FROM MINESOTA, THEY ARE NORSE!!!

Deleted_User_7553
04-20-2006, 02:23 PM
FROM THE WINTERY NORTH WE BRING DOWN PAIN AND THUNDER

tarkenton10
04-20-2006, 03:39 PM
Vibrator - you finally said something right. Oh yeah your mom's a whore!!!

NodakPaul
04-21-2006, 12:04 AM
"vegasvike" wrote:

yeah she's 20 and is still a virgin? So if she does anything with her boyfriend I bet she cries for at least a month day and night.
This whole trial is kinda pointless to me. Unless Moe had one nipp hooked up to a car battery and the other one being gnawed on by a field rodent, a lap dance some stripper consenting to have Moe touch touch her exposed breast mean nothing. Here in town I used to do the samething and nothing happened. but Smoot and the Mountain, well that is something else

Believe it or not, not everybody loses their virginity at 13. But it doesn't really matter or not how much sexual experience she has. Vegas might be a little out there when it comes to sex (just walk the strip after sundown...), but I tend to believe that the majority of 20 YOA girls in the world have not seen a live sex show before. There is nothing wrong with her being upset by it.

But I do agree with you on one thing... the trial is pointless to me too. It was deploarable, but not criminal IMHO. Apparently the judge in Moe's trial disagreed with me...

whackthepack
04-21-2006, 12:43 AM
I can not confirm this because I have not had time but I heard on Kfan that Moe was Convicted on a disorderly conduct charge and AQUITED on the 2 other charges.

singersp
04-21-2006, 04:00 AM
Posted on Thu, Apr. 20, 2006

Jury: Williams guilty of disorderly conduct in boat party case

GREGG AAMOT
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota Vikings running back Moe Williams, charged last fall after a raunchy team boat party that tarnished the Vikings' season, was found guilty of disorderly conduct Thursday.

A jury found him not guilty of two other misdemeanors - indecent conduct and lewd or lascivious behavior. Williams was accused of touching the breasts of a dancer in a public space during the boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka in suburban Minneapolis.

"I never intended to do anything that would basically make anybody feel uncomfortable," Williams said after the verdict.

Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke fined Williams $300 and ordered him to complete 30 hours of community service that benefits women or children. The exact program was not immediately determined.

In finding Williams guilty of just one charge, the jury determined he had touched the woman in view of other people or where other people could see but that he hadn't intended to be lewd or indecent.

Afterward, Williams complained about being treated unfairly, saying he wondered why the captain of the cruise, who is white, wasn't charged despite evidence that he kissed a dancer's breast. Prosecutor Steve Tallen denied that race was a factor in his decision about filing charges, and he has said the case against the captain was shaky. Williams is black.

Williams, 32, was the first player tried on charges related to the Oct. 6 party, in which Vikings rookies arranged to take veterans out onto Lake Minnetonka on two boats. Tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Fred Smoot face the same charges and are set to go on trial in May. Charges against former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who has since been traded to the Dolphins, were dropped.

Prosecutors described the party as "a floating orgy" in which women on the boat changed into thong underwear and bras, gave players lap dances and, in some cases, stripped naked. They said the crew was frightened and intimidated.

As one witness testified, "After we left the dock, it turned into a strip club."

The defense didn't counter that characterization, arguing there was, indeed, a wild party on the deck of the "Avanti" - while Williams was enjoying drinks at the bar down below. The defense also didn't deny that Williams had an encounter with a dancer.

In his closing argument Thursday morning, Tallen compared the case to buying a house, saying "it's all about location, location, location."

Tallen urged jurors to find Williams guilty because he touched the dancer's breasts in an area near a bathroom where people were coming and going. Two waitresses testified that they saw Williams touch the woman as they squeezed by to get bar supplies.

Defense attorney Joe Friedberg, in his summary, said Williams didn't intend to break the law or offend anyone and that his encounter with the dancer was brief and in a remote part of the boat.

"There is an element of intent here, and that's what Moe Williams didn't have," he said.

Williams didn't testify during the trial, which began Tuesday with jury selection, and the defense didn't call any witnesses. The jury began deliberations around 10:45 a.m. Thursday and reached a verdict around 2:15 p.m.

Friedberg told jurors Williams didn't deserve "a medal" for his conduct but that it was "minimal" compared with what other players were doing on the deck. As for the dance at issue, "Mr. Williams was having a good time with a woman who was 100 percent consenting," he said Wednesday.

Tallen said the case didn't hinge on whether Williams' behavior was better or worse than others on the boat. "We're not here to get the really, really bad ones," he told the jury. "We're here to get the ones who broke the law, and the ones who were identified."

Williams, who spent 10 years in the NFL, injured his knee last season and said Thursday he would probably retire. He lives in Florida.

Gregg Aamot can be reached at gaamot@ap.org

Williams guilty of disorderly conduct in boat party case (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/football/nfl/san_francisco_49ers/14388133.htm)

singersp
04-21-2006, 12:31 PM
[quote]Afterward, Williams complained about being treated unfairly, saying he wondered why the captain of the cruise, who is white, wasn't charged despite evidence that he kissed a dancer's breast. Prosecutor Steve Tallen denied that race was a factor in his decision about filing charges, and he has said the case against the captain was shaky. Williams is black.

:scratch: How could it be shaky when he openly admitted it to the public?

singersp
04-21-2006, 12:45 PM
April 20, 2006, 11:20PM

Mixed verdict delivered for ex-Viking in boat case

Williams found guilty on 1 count, cleared on 2 others

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota Vikings running back Moe Williams, charged last fall after a raunchy team boat party that tarnished the team's season, was found guilty of disorderly conduct Thursday.

A jury found him not guilty of two misdemeanors — indecent conduct and lewd behavior. Williams was accused of touching the breasts of a dancer in a public space during the boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka.

"I never intended to do anything that would basically make anybody feel uncomfortable," Williams said.

Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke fined Williams $300 and ordered him to complete 30 hours of community service that benefits women or children.

The exact program was not immediately determined.

In finding Williams guilty of just one charge, the jury determined he touched the woman in view of other people or where other people could see but that he hadn't intended to be lewd.

Williams, 32, who injured his knee last season, said he probably will retire.

Mixed verdict delivered for ex-Viking in boat case (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/3809027.html)

Prophet
04-21-2006, 03:12 PM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/MoeCrow.jpg
Moe Williams' lawyer shows his client the crow before he eats it.
pft.com (http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm)

Prophet
04-21-2006, 05:43 PM
KFFL
NFL | Williams guilty of disorderly conduct
Fri, 21 Apr 2006 07:54:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Associated Press reports free agent RB Moe Williams (Vikings) was found guilty of disorderly conduct Thursday, April 21. Williams was accused of touching the breasts of a dancer in a public space during a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka last October. A jury found him not guilty of indecent conduct and lewd or lascivious behavior. Williams was fined $300 and ordered to complete 30 hours of community service that benefits women or children.

ultravikingfan
04-21-2006, 10:10 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

http://www.profootballtalk.com/MoeCrow.jpg
Moe Williams' lawyer shows his client the crow before he eats it.
pft.com (http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm)

Ha haa! That is hilarious!