2 ex-Rutgers football players, 3rd student plead not guilty

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Posted: Sep 09, 2015 4:22 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two former Rutgers University football players and another student have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from multiple home invasions, including one that occurred at a campus dorm room.

Former players Dre Boggs and Tejay Johnson, along with Jianan Chen, entered their pleas Wednesday during a hearing in New Brunswick. Authorities have said the former players were involved in the home invasions, while Chen planned the robberies and identified potential victims.

Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet says the former players took pictures of the drugs and cash they stole and left a trail of incriminating text messages. Authorities also allegedly found Johnson's fingerprint on one of the victim's cellphone.

Boggs, a defensive back, was among five players dismissed from the team following their arrests last week.