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Charge is dropped against BYU athlete

Prosecutors have dropped a burglary charge against a Brigham Young University football player.

Gabriel D. Giordano, 22, was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, in 4th District Court Jan. 21. The charge was dismissed Friday because the alleged victim recanted her story that Giordano entered her Orem home without permission last month and started pushing her around."When the police investigated it, they only talked to one side," said Richard Gale, the public defender appointed to represent Giordano. "They didn't talk to Gabe or any of the people who went to the house with him."

Gale said the woman, age unavailable, went to Utah County prosecutors Thursday and told them Giordano did have permission to be in the house and never pushed her. Giordano had gone to the house at 454 N. 100 East, Orem, on Jan. 11 to speak with people at a party who had mistreated his cousin, Gale said.

Although the incident did escalate into a shouting match, there was no assault, Gale said. Therefore, he said, there was no basis for the burglary charge.

Giordano, a walk-on, appeared in seven games as a backup linebacker and special teams player during BYU's 1997 season. He was unavailable for comment Friday, but said last month that he was sure he would be vindicated when the facts came out.