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Vikings Charged In Bawdy Boat Case

Prosecutor: QB Culpepper, three mates got lewd on the lake

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Vikings Charged In Bawdy Boat Case

DECEMBER 15--Four Minnesota Vikings players were charged today with lewd conduct for their roles in a ribald October party boat excursion on Lake Minnetonka. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper and three teammates--Bryant McKinnie, Fred Smoot, and Moe Williams--were each hit with three misdemeanors, according to District Court criminal complaints, copies of which you'll find below. The complaints offer very explicit details of the alleged behavior of the four athletes (butt groping, sex toy usage, assorted oral favors, topless lap dancing, etc.) during the October 6 floating excursion. A criminal probe by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office began after crew members complained that some of the booze-soaked party's 90 guests engaged in public sex romps. The trip was cut short after the boat's captain became alarmed by the raucous behavior of partygoers. Along with the four Vikings charged, about a dozen other players were reportedly on board during the party, which came during a bye week for the NFL club. (8 pages)