Tennessee Tech’s Matthew Kenty snared in Tennessee human trafficking operation

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Matthew Kenty, 18, is charged with one count of patronizing prostitution, a Class B felony, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced on Thursday. Kenty was on the Ramsay High School Rams’ 2016 Class 6A state championship football team and is listed on the roster at Tennessee Tech.

The operation took place in Tennessee’s Putman County and was carried out by the TBI, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, according to a press release. The initiative targeted individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.

Source: Birmingham teen snared in Tennessee human trafficking operation

Walk-on University of Nevada Linebacker, Devin Porter, Arrested

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Devin Porter, a walk-on entering his fourth season at Nevada, was arrested Sunday at 5:33 p.m. by the Sparks Police Department for failure to appear on a traffic citation. The charge is a misdemeanor. If a defendant skips a court date, a judge can issue a bench warrant for their arrest. If 30 days pass before a defendant surrenders himself, an additional charge for “failure to appear” can be issued. The maximum sentence for such issue includes four years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines, although both are rare.

Porter was issued a $415 bail, which he posted and was released.

A Nevada spokesperson said the department is aware of the situation and still gathering more information at this time.

The Hug High graduate, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive player who has rotated positions during his time at Nevada, will be a junior next season. He has yet to appear in a game for the Wolf Pack. His brother, Cliff, was a starter at left guard for Nevada as a sophomore last season before graduating early and giving up the rest of his eligibility.

Source: One Nevada football walk-on put on scholarship while another arrested

MSU linebacker Leo Lewis arrested

Leo Lewis The Fulmer CupMississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis has been arrested.

 Oktibbeha County jail records show Lewis, 21, was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday on a charge of disorderly conduct. A news release from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department says deputies were called to Aspen Heights Apartments because a large crowd of people and cars were blocking streets. Deputies attempting to clear the streets directed traffic to exit. The release says Lewis attempted to push through traffic in the wrong direction and was arrested after several attempts to get him to turn around.

He was taken into custody and later released on $483.00 bond.

Mississippi State released this statement regarding Lewis’ arrest: “We are aware of the situation involving Leo Lewis earlier this morning. We are still collecting information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Lewis is from Brookhaven and is part of the NCAA investigation into gifts given by boosters to prospective athletes at Ole Miss.

The NCAA says Lewis received merchandise from an Oxford business and $21,000 in cash from both Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Source: MSU linebacker Leo Lewis arrested

ECU’s Chandon Hickerson faces misdemeanor charges


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East Carolina football defensive end Chandon Hickerson was charged with three misdemeanors last weekend.

The Greenville Police Department arrest report shows Hickerson was arrested Sunday at 5:41 a.m. on Greenville Boulevard and charged with resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure at stop sign/flashing red light. He had a secured bond of $1,000.

An ECU football spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that head coach Scottie Montgomery has talked with Hickerson and is in the process of gathering additional information.

Hickerson made 15 total tackles in nine games as a freshman in 2017.

Source: ECU’s Hickerson faces misdemeanor charges – Daily Reflector

Oregon football’s Fotu Leiato arrested on misdemeanor charges

Fotu Leiato The Fulmer CupSenior outside linebacker Fotu Leiato was arrested by University of Oregon police on Wednesday night for misdemeanor trespassing and theft charges, first reported by the Register-Guard.

Leiato, 21, was booked at 7:29 p.m. on Wednesday night at Lane County Jail. According to Tyson Alger of the Oregonian, a UOPD statement says Leiato “was booked into Lane County Jail on charges of second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and an unrelated warrant out of Eugene Municipal Court for failure to appear on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass. The theft and mischief charges are for the alleged damaging and removal of a parking boot from a vehicle driven by Leiato.”

Last season, Leiato played in all 13 games for the Ducks and is set to return to the team for his senior season this fall. He played in Oregon’s spring game last weekend.

Source: Oregon football’s Fotu Leiato arrested on misdemeanor charges – Emerald Media

Coastal Carolina’s Preston Carey joins Fulmer Cup race after starting DB picked up for DUI

Preston Carey The Fulmer CupPreston Carey started five games for Coastal Carolina in 2017 and was expected to be a starting corner in 2018.

It’s often been said that no news in the offseason is good news when it comes to college football programs. Most head coaches would agree as typically when they get a phone call late at night or early in the morning about a player, chances are high it’s going to involve law enforcement.

Such is the case at Coastal Carolina, where the Myrtle Beach Sun News reports that starting cornerback Preston Carey was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into a local jail around 4:15 a.m. Friday. Online records confirmed the news.

Source: Coastal Carolina joins Fulmer Cup race after starting DB picked up for DUI

WKU quarterback Steven Duncan arrested on DUI charge

Steven Duncan The Fulmer CupWestern Kentucky quarterback Steven Duncan was arrested Sunday on charges that included operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to the Warren County Regional Jail website.

“We are aware of the situation and currently gathering more information. We take this matter very seriously as a football program,” WKU said in a statement.

Duncan, 19, was booked at 2:43 a.m. He was also charged with a failure to produce insurance and a failure to illuminate head lamps.

According to a police report obtained Monday by WBKO, officer Rodney McMillin observed Duncan’s vehicle at 2:09 a.m. Sunday with head lights off on campus on College Heights Boulevard at Avenue of Champions. Upon stopping the vehicle McMillin noted Duncan “smelled strong of beverage” and standardized field sobriety test and horizontal gaze nystagmus test, “showed lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, nystagmus onset prior to 45 degrees and was distinct and sustained at maximum deviation in both eyes.”

Duncan refused to perform balance tests, his implied consent was read at jail and Duncan did not want to speak with an attorney while refusing breath test. Duncan also failed to produce a valid insurance card.

North Dakota players Derek Paulson and Andre Steiger cited for disorderly conduct

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Derek Paulson and Andre Steiger, two UND football players, were arrested in downtown Grand Forks and charged with disorderly conduct early Saturday morning.

Sophomore tight end Derek Paulson was arrested for urinating in public, minor in consumption of alcohol and refusing to halt.

Junior linebacker Andre Steiger was arrested for public urination and minor in consumption of alcohol.

According to Sgt. Rory Suby of the Grand Forks Police Department, at about 12:30 a.m., plainclothes police officers saw Steiger urinating in public near the 0 block of South Third Street, which is between DeMers and Kittson avenues.

Minutes later, Suby said an officer on patrol in a squad car saw Paulson urinating on the north side of a building on South Third Street.

The officer got out of the car, Paulson ran and attempted to jump a nearby fence before police were able to place him in handcuffs, Suby said.

Steiger, from Glen Ellyn, Ill., played in 10 games, primarily on special teams, for the Fighting Hawks in 2017.

Paulson, of Lodi, Wis., appeared in seven games in 2017 as a reserve tight end and special teams contributor.

“We were made aware of incidents involving Derek Paulson and Andre Steiger last night,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation with these student-athletes.”

Source: Two UND football players cited for disorderly conduct

FSU QB Deondre Francois cited for marijuana possession

Deondre Francois The Fulmer CupFlorida State quarterback Deondre Francois again finds himself in off-field trouble. The rising junior was cited by Tallahassee police on Thursday for possession of marijuana after officers served a search warrant at his residence. Public information officer Damon Miller said the Special Investigations Section had received information that drug activity was occurring at the residence and got a search warrant.

According to the police report, officers found 17 grams of marijuana as well as other drug paraphernalia. Francois told officers the marijuana was not his and that he had not smoked since December. He was not arrested and has been given a diversion program since it was less than 20 grams.

FSU spokesman Derek Satterfield said the school is aware of the incident and it is handling it internally.

Source: FSU QB Deondre Francois cited for marijuana possession