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Former Piedmont football player seeks youthful offender status in assault case

A former Piedmont football player charged with assaulting a younger teammate requested last week that a judge grant him youthful offender status.

The 19-year-old man and two juveniles, all football players at Piedmont High School at the time of the assault, were initially charged Sept. 28 by Piedmont police with third-degree assault. They allegedly held a younger boy down in the boys locker room at Piedmont High School and forced a key into his anal region in November.

The 19-year-old man’s defense attorney, Sheila Field, filed the application for youthful offender status on Oct. 1.

Authorities told The Star in September that a grand jury will review the case and determine whether any more charges, including sex charges, stemming from the incident will be filed.

The 19-year-old man declined last week to comment on the allegations against him.

An attempt Wednesday to reach Field for additional comment was unsuccessful. The 19-year-old man’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in up to a year in jail and up to a $3,000 fine upon conviction.

The Star typically withholds the names of those charged with sex crimes until they are convicted or plead guilty, as the stigma that can accompany such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated. 

While the state of Alabama does not consider third-degree assault a sex crime, The Star is withholding the suspect’s name due to the nature of the allegations.

Contact Mia Kortright at akortrig@gmail.com

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