KENT: Former Kent Roosevelt quarterback Tra’Von D. Chapman pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to an incident that took place at his Kent home Friday.
University of Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst indefinitely suspended Chapman, a freshman, from the Panthers team.
Chapman, 18, was charged Monday with one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. Chapman is accused of assaulting a woman at his Kent residence Friday. The Record Courier newspaper first reported the incident.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court, Chapman “pulled the hair of [the woman] and grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks.”
The complaint also alleges that Chapman prevented the woman from leaving the scene, Kent police said.
Chapman pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment Tuesday in the municipal court’s Kent division. His father, Thad Jemison, posted $1,150 bond for Chapman’s release. A condition of Chapman’s bond is that he have no contact with the woman.
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 is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing at 2:15 p.m. May 28 in Judge Barbara Oswick’s courtroom in Kent.