Former Denver Broncos player Perrish Cox found not guilty of sexual assault

FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2010, file photo, Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox looks on during NFL football training camp at Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Police in a south Denver suburb say Cox has been arrested for investigation of felony sexual assault. Michelle Kivela, the public information officer for the city of Lone Tree, Colo., says Cox was arrested Thursday night, Dec. 9, 2010, following an investigation into an Oct. 28 incident. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
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Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox on Aug. 10, 2010
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(CBS/AP) CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A Colorado jury acquitted former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of sexual assault charges. The jury returned the verdict Friday morning. The alleged victim responded with an audible sigh and a cry. As she was leaving the courtroom, she said: "Oh my God, what's happening?"

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Outside the courthouse, Cox expressed appreciation for his attorney and others who supported him during the trial.

Cox was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in September 2010 after a night of partying. The woman became pregnant and prosecutors said DNA tests indicated Cox was the father.

The woman testified that she believed she was drugged because she remembers little about what happened that night. Cox's lawyer disputed the DNA test results and suggested they may have been contaminated.

Cox could have faced two years to life in prison.

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