A running back on the University of Maine football team was charged with domestic violence assault and criminal mischief after Bangor police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance Wednesday evening.
Ramon Jefferson, 19, of Old Town and the Bronx, New York, was not at the residence when officers arrived at 6 p.m., according to Sgt. Wade Betters, spokesman for the Bangor Police Department.
Jefferson was arrested by Old Town police about 8 p.m., Betters said.
The female victim and Jefferson had been in a domestic relationship, according to police.
Jefferson was released on personal recognizance bail with conditions that he have no contact with the victim and that he not return to her address, according to personnel at the Penobscot County Jail.
He is due to be arraigned March 4 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
If convicted, Jefferson faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 on each Class D charge.
“Jefferson is alleged to have violated the student code of conduct and student-athlete code of conduct,” said Margaret Nagle, senior director of public relations and operations. “UMaine’s Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life is conducting a thorough investigation and any interim disciplinary actions, such as suspension from the university, are being determined today.”
While the investigation is being conducted, Jefferson will not participate in athletic activities, Nagle said, adding that UMaine does not comment on student conduct proceedings.
BDN writer Charles Eichacker and sports editor Pete Warner contributed to this report.
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