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Former Kent Roosevelt standout Tra’Von Chapman pleads guilty to attempted assault

By Lance Lysowski
Special to the Beacon Journal

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KENT: Former Kent Roosevelt star quarterback and University of Pittsburgh freshman Tra’Von Chapman pled guilty to a charge of attempted assault on Monday afternoon in Portage County Municipal Court.

Judge Barbara Oswick accepted the plea and ordered Chapman to spend three days in jail, pay a $200 fine, 40 hours of community service and must report to adult probation Aug. 2. Judge also issued a no-contact order, which prohibits Chapman from speaking to the victim or her family.

Chapman was charged April 29 with one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. According to the criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court, Chapman “pulled the hair of [the woman] and grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks.”

Chapman originally pled not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident at his Kent home on April 26. University of Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst suspended the highly touted recruit indefinitely after the alleged assault.

Chapman, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, was the Rough Riders quarterback the past two seasons. He was named the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Player of the Year in 2012. He finished the season with 2,469 yards passing, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Chapman led Roosevelt to two Division II state playoff appearances and two 10-2 seasons. In two seasons, he had 4,681 yards passing, 56 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 1,435 yards rushing.

Chapman’s father, Thad Jamison, was Kent State football’s wide receivers coach under former head caoch Darrell Hazell.


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