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Ex-Stanford Kicker Sentenced In Case Involving Photos Of Nude Prep Players

Sat., March 30, 1996

Eric Abrams, an outstanding place-kicker at Stanford University, was ordered to continue counseling as part of a sentence involving his acquisition of nude photos of high school players.

“There’s some root cause of this and hopefully therapy will allow him to go on to a successful life,” San Mateo County deputy district attorney Jack Marshall said Friday.

It took just a few hours Thursday for Abrams, 22, to be charged and sentenced in Palo Alto Municipal Court. Abrams, the leading scorer in Stanford history, pleaded no contest to seven counts of phone harassment.

According to officials, Abrams telephoned the players dozens of times and told them he was a Stanford football scout who needed nude photos to evaluate their physical condition. Marshall said Abrams has been undergoing counseling since he was caught in a sting operation at the Stanford post office on Jan. 26. The sting was set up after parents of one student told police about the request.

Marshall said the players were naked in some photos while others wore underwear.

Judge Randle Schneider ordered Abrams, a psychology major from the San Diego area, to undergo psychiatric counseling.

Thomas Nolan, Abrams’ lawyer, agreed to share privileged psychological evaluations of his client with authorities.

Abrams could not be reached, but Nolan issued a statement saying Abrams “regrets his involvement in the pranks that were carried too far. He intended no harm and he accepts the consequences of his actions.”

Abrams was also sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of volunteer service and fined $200.


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