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Cal U player accused of assault previously pleaded guilty to hit-and-run

The California University of Pennsylvania football saga continues and it may be getting worse. A judge from Washington, D.C. has revoked the bond for a Cal U football player who is currently waiting to be sentenced for a 2014 New Year’s Day hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian on a bicycle in a coma with several serious injuries. That football player was also involved in the assault of a man last week outside of a bar in California, PA. The 22-year-old Harrisburg man was free upon his own recognizance after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated assault back in September. It is believed that the judge saw promise in the young man and believed he would be better off finishing school and playing football for the mistake he committed on New Year’s Day. The occurrence on 30 October that left a man brutally beaten with severe brain injuries for six days has caught national attention, much of it aimed toward the college’s dean and administration. As the six football players walked away from the scene of the assault, witnesses say the men were chanting “Football strong!” This particular player is being held, along with his teammates, in the Washington County Jail on $500,000 bond. Their charges include conspiracy, harassment, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault. The 22-year-old’s Pittsburgh area lawyer says that his client did not take part in the beat of the man, only that he was present. However, the United States Attorney in D.C. filed a petition to the judge, asking him to revoke the young man’s bond, pointing out that one of the conditions of the man’s freedom was that he stay out of trouble and avoid be arrested again. When asked, officials from Cal U declined to answer whether or not they knew about the man’s previous arrest and guilty plea. However, one person from the university did say that this particular issue will be further examined when the football program is evaluated by the university’s president. If you are a college student or the parent of a college student who has been arrested for violent crimes, please call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at (412) 281-3380 . Source: TribLive, “Cal U football player’s bond revoked in Washington, D.C., hit-run case” 6 November 2014

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