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'Second Dancer' At Duke Lacrosse Party Put On House Arrest

Posted September 25, 2006 12:58 p.m. EDT
Updated January 7, 2007 11:33 a.m. EST

— A woman who performed as a stripper at a Duke University lacrosse team party where another dancer said she was raped was placed on house arrest Monday for an unrelated incident.

Kim Roberts, 31, appeared in court on a probation violation in connection with a 2001 conviction for embezzlement. She stole $25,000 from a photo-finishing company in Durham, where she was a payroll specialist, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Roberts failed to pay restitution to her former employer, missed appointments with her probation officer and left North Carolina without permission.

She was placed on house arrest for between 60 and 120 days and had her probation extended for three years.

Roberts and another woman were performing at a March 13 off-campus party when the other dancer said she was beaten and raped by three lacrosse players. Duke juniors Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann and 2006 graduate Dave Evans have been charged with kidnapping and rape in the case.

In an interview with police, Roberts called the rape charges a "crock" and said she was with the accuser for almost every moment of the party, according to a motion filed by a defense attorney. In an April interview with the Associated Press, Roberts said she didn't see a rape but believed something happened beyond underage drinking.