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Broncos safety’s $15 in late craps bets costs him $1,000 in forfeited bail; criminal charges dismissed

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Cheyenne High graduate Quinton Carter talks to youth football players during his free camp last May. Through his non-profit, Carter hosts camps and does other projects for low-income families in Las Vegas and Oklahoma, where he played college football. He was a fourth-round draft pick in April of the Denver Broncos.

Charges that Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter cheated at a craps game in March at a locals casino were dismissed Monday, his attorney said.

Clark County prosecutors had charged Carter, a Cheyenne High School graduate who starred at Oklahoma in college, with three counts of commission of a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. The charges stemmed from incidents caught on surveillance camera March 9 at Texas Station. Videos captured Carter adding $5 to his wager after the outcome of the roll was established on three occasions, according to an arrest report.

Andrew Leavitt, Carter’s attorney, said the North Las Vegas Township Justice Court approved the dismissal, negotiated with prosecutors, during a hearing Monday morning.

“Anyone who has ever played craps would understand that he made a mistake,” Leavitt said.

As part of the agreement, the $1,000 Carter posted for bail was forfeited, Leavitt said.

Carter started 10 games in his rookie season for the Broncos but reinjured his left knee in Week 3 of the 2012 season and spent the remainder of the year on Denver’s injury reserve list. He earned consensus All-America honors and first-team All-Big 12 Conference recognition after his senior season at the University of Oklahoma in 2010.

Though Carter wanted to beat the charges at trial, Leavitt said the dismissal was key so that the safety could avoid distractions during training.

“He had never ever played craps before and I don’t think we need to worry about him ever playing again,” Leavitt said.

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