Wednesday March 12, 2008

Facing Charges

Four University of Dayton students are facing both criminal charges and University sanctions following a weekend fight at a house in the student neighborhood.

Three members of the Dayton Flyers football team and one other University of Dayton student are facing felony charges of aggravated burglary and assault for their involvement in a fight at 230 Kiefaber St. in the student neighborhood at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, March 8.

One student was treated and released at Miami Valley Hospital on March 8 for what initially was reported as a broken arm, several broken ribs and a concussion. Another student later was treated for a swollen knot on his forehead and a laceration over his right eye.

The students were charged with aggravated burglary for forcing their way into the student residence. The students also face University citations of  alcohol abuse, disorderly behavior, fighting and destruction of University property. All the charged students also will receive disciplinary action from UD, according to Sister Annette Schmeling, R.S.C.J., vice president for student development and dean of students. University sanctions could range from probation to suspension, she said.     

The football players face additional sanctions from the athletics department. They have already been suspended from the team.

"We are disappointed in the actions of some of our team members," said Rick Chamberlin, head football coach. "They made bad decisions, and they will take responsibility for those decisions.  We apologize to the University and the community for this embarrassing incident."

The University of Dayton's public safety office, which conducted the investigation, presented the charges to the Montgomery County prosecutor's office today (March 12).