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Kent State football player suspended following arrest for having stolen credit card, marijuana

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published: February 21, 2013 10:39 AM
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A Kent State University freshman football player is in trouble with the law and has been suspended from the team following his arrest on charges of possessing a stolen credit card and marijuana.

Julian S. Durden, 18, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, both minor misdemeanors, on Feb. 9.

"Julian is in violation of team rules and is suspended indefinitely from all team and athletic activities," Kent State's Athletic Department replied when asked to comment on Durden's arrest.

According to court records, Kent State police allege that Durden possessed a debit card reported stolen by it's owner, a fellow resident of the fifth floor of Korb Hall. He also allegedly possessed a glass marijuana pipe and a grinder containing less than 100 grams of marijuana in the parking lot of Korb Hall.

Durden was arraigned in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna on Feb. 13, where a relative posted $2,000 bond on the felony charge. A preliminary hearing on the felony charge is scheduled for Friday Feb. 22 in the municipal court's Kent division.

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Durden pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges and was referred to a drug diversion program, which will require him to get a substance abuse evaluation through Family & Community Services of Portage County and pay $222 in program fees and court costs, according to court records.

If Durden completes the diversion program and has no marijuana-related offenses within 90 days, his plea and conviction will be vacated and he will be eligible to have his record sealed, according to the rules of the diversion program.

Durden, a 5 foot, 7 inch tall freshman running back, was recruited out of Montour High School in the Pittsburgh suburbs. He rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as a freshman running back in the 2012-13 football season. He scored his first touchdown during the Golden Flashes 23-7 defeat of Buffalo on Sept. 19, according to Kent State Athletics.

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anonymous Feb 21, 2013 10:21 PM

Meanwhile, ex-KSU cop/Assistant Chief of Kent State Police, also called Mr. Bath Salts Fitzpatrick, continues to draw a hefty paycheck from KSU for teaching.

anonymous Feb 21, 2013 4:46 PM

Good point factualinfo. I think we should also point out that this young man did have a firearm on him either, but Mr. Professor did. Just wrong in so many ways.

anonymous Feb 21, 2013 1:26 PM

How sad! A young man with God-given talent and having received the wonderful opportunities that KSU Athletics has offered him has thrown it all away. I'm so sorry!! **** surely regret his foolishness for the rest of his life.

anonymous Feb 21, 2013 12:10 PM

So, just to be clear,even though he isn't yet convicted of a felony this KSU freshman is suspended. Yet the KSU professor teaching criminal justice (a former cop who should have known better) is allowed to keep teaching and nothing happened to him. I'm not saying what this young teen did is write by any means but the double standard here is wrong. He can be punished and not offered counseling and other programs to help a kid out who made a really bad choice, but KSU backs a professor who by all rights due to his former profession and age should be held to a higher standard. Shame on KSU.