A running back on the University of Maine football team has waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.
Ramon Jefferson, 19, of Old Town and the Bronx, New York, was scheduled to appear Monday at the Penobscot County Judicial Center in Bangor to enter his pleas.
Because both charges are misdemeanors, Jefferson’s attorneys, Timothy Woodcock and Kady Huff of Bangor, were able to enter the waiver and pleas on his behalf.
The football player is next due in court May 8.
Jefferson was arrested at about 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Old Town, about two hours after Bangor police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a Bangor residence. Jefferson was not at the residence when officers arrived at 6 p.m., according to Sgt. Wade Betters, spokesman for the Bangor Police Department. Old Town police arrested him later in the evening.
The female victim and Jefferson had been in a domestic relationship, according to police.
Jefferson has been free on personal recognizance bail with conditions that he have no contact with the victim and that he not return to her address since he was released from the Penobscot County Jail a few hours after his arrest.
If convicted, Jefferson faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 on each Class D charge.
In addition to the criminal charges, university officials are investigating Jefferson for a possible code of conduct violation. Jefferson will not participate in athletic activities during the investigation, UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle said last month.
UMaine does not comment on student conduct proceedings, she said.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.