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Noted scholar indicted on assault charges

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A grand jury has issued three indictments against eminent African-American educator C. Eric Lincoln stemming from an alleged sexual assault on a student.

Lincoln, 69, a sociologist of religion, was charged by a 27-year-old Massachusetts graduate student, who said he assaulted her and attempted to rape her April 21 when she visited his Worcester, Mass., apartment.

A grand jury in Worcester handed down the indictments earlier this month. A court date has not yet been set.

According to reports, Lincoln pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include assault with intent to rape, indecent assault and battery and assault and battery.

Lincoln reportedly will retire from Duke University, where he teaches religion, at the end of June. He was on leave this year to teach at Clark University in Worcester in a visiting professorship.