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Ex-'Nole Charlton acquitted of charges

Former FSU tight end Kamari Charlton of Melbourne was acquitted Thursday night by a jury of a felony sexual-battery charge and a misdemeanor battery charge.

Charlton, who was suspended by the football team and the university because of the charges, plans on re-enrolling in classes during the summer, his lawyer said.

NOTES: Tackle Forrest Conoly is scheduled for exploratory arthroscopic surgery this morning to determine what is wrong with his right knee. Conoly had a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test earlier this week, but it was inconclusive. Conoly, who missed the first four games of the season because of a Foot Locker-related suspension, is out for at least two weeks. Coach Bobby Bowden, bothered the past two games by an ineffective offense, finds comfort in the 1992 season. That year, Charlie Ward's first as a starter, the offense struggled through the first two-thirds of the season. "It's very, very similar," Bowden said. "We haven't found the chemistry yet. I'd say on offense we haven't; the defense looks like they found a little last week. What our offense needs now is some success."

_ Correspondent Michelle Thresher and Times wires contributed to this report.