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USF suspends WR Dunkley after domestic violence charge

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM
TAMPA -

University of South Florida sophomore wide receiver Chris Dunkley was suspended indefinitely from the team Sunday after he was arrested late Saturday night and charged with domestic battery.

Dunkley, 21, was arrested by Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies a couple of hours after the Bulls lost to Florida State 30-17 at Raymond James Stadium.

"Our players have an obligation to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on and off the field," USF head coach Skip Holtz said in a statement issued Sunday by the school. "Due to the serious nature of this matter, we have suspended Chris indefinitely from all team activities."

Dunkley remained in jail Sunday evening. Bail had not been set.

The domestic battery charge is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Dunkley, of 1921 Blue Rock Drive, Apt. 201, in Tampa, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., the address of the Tampa campus, according to jail records.

According to deputies, Dunkley was arrested for an incident that took place Sept. 21 at about 7:20 p.m. inside the apartment he shares with his girlfriend. That night, Dunkley and his girlfriend began to argue and at some point it turned physical, the report said.

The girlfriend, whose identity was not released by the sheriff's office, was thrown to the floor and beaten on her arms, causing bruises, the report said. A short time later Dunkley pulled the woman by her hair, according to the report, forcing her into a closet. Deputies said he beat her with a computer cord on the back of her thighs, which left cuts.

In the report, deputies said there is a "strong likelihood of repeat violence."

Dunkley transferred to USF from the University of Florida. He played in four of the Bulls' five games this year, catching four passes for 93 yards, including a 52-yard TD in the fourth quarter of the win at Nevada.

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