Ohio University Football Player Mike Lucas Arrested For Assault

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Avery Jennings

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Updated Wed, Oct 17, 2012 11:29 am
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A football player for Ohio University has been arrested after police say he and four other men attacked a freshman who had been sitting on a bench.

Nineteen-year-old Mike Lucas was charged with felonious assault Monday following the incident early Sunday morning.
 
The report issued by the Ohio University Police Department states that Lucas and four other men attacked a freshman who had been sitting on a bench near Sargent Hall on the campus' West Green. Officer Jason Schoonover resonded to an assault complaint at Sargent Hall on Oct. 14 at 3:50 a.m. where the victim and one witness confirmed the attack to the arresting officer on the scene. According to the report the incident was alcohol related. The investigation is ongoing.
 
Lucas, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Chicago, has a hearing set for Oct. 25 in Athens County Municipal Court. A judge will decide whether there's probable cause to refer the case for prosecution in common pleas court.
 
Ohio Assistant Athletic Director and team spokesman Tom Symonds says Lucas has been suspended pending the investigation.
 
A message left for Lucas was not immediately returned Tuesday.
 
Lucas had seen action in the unbeaten Bobcats' wins over New Mexico State, Marshall, Norfolk State and Massachusetts. Ohio is ranked in the AP poll for the first time since 1968.
 
Ohio is ranked No. 25.
 
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