Former Kent Roosevelt football standout quarterback Tra’Von D. Chapman has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Pittsburgh football team, according to head coach Paul Chryst on Tuesday.
The suspension results from Chapman being charged with a pair of misdemeanors by the Kent Police Department following an incident that took place at his home on Friday.
Chapman, 18, of 290 Spaulding Drive, was charged Monday with one count each of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Chapman allegedly assaulted a woman at his residence on Friday, April 26. According to a criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court by Kent police, Chapman “pulled the hair of (the alleged victim) and grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks.” He also allegedly prevented her from leaving the scene of the alleged assault, according to Kent police.
A message seeking additional comment was left for Kent police on Tuesday.
Chapman pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment in the municipal court’s Kent division on Tuesday. His father, Thad Jemison, posted $1,150 bond following Chapman’s arraignment and he was released. A condition of his bond is that he have no contact with the alleged victim.
Chapman (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) was named the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Player of the Year in 2012. He finished the season with 2,469 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. He threw just seven interceptions, with six of those coming in the season’s first four weeks.
Chapman, who led Roosevelt to a 9-1 overall record, unbeaten 7-0 mark in the Metro Division and berth into the playoffs, was also the team’s leading rusher with 690 yards and 10 scores on the ground. The signal-caller’s two-year totals with the Rough Riders were 4,681 yards passing, 56 passing TDs, 11 interceptions and 1,435 yards rushing.
He committed to the University of Pittsburgh before the start of the 2012 season.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on May 28 in Judge Barbara Oswick’s courtroom in Kent.