UPDATE (11:44 a.m. on Tuesday): TCU confirms that it was aware of an incident in New Mexico involving wide receiver KaVontae Turpin in March 2018. However, the university declines knowing that Turpin was also charged with battery of a family member, or that there was active bench warrant for his arrest.
"The football staff was aware there was an incident in New Mexico, but not that charges included an alleged battery," TCU said in a statement. The publicly available information they reviewed at the time only showed a charge related to property damage. We did not know until yesterday that his legal issues were unresolved."
Turpin was arrested in March 2018 in Las Cruces, N.M., and charged with battery of a household member, criminal damage to the property of a household member under $1,000 and interference with communications. Turpin previously pleaded guilty to the first two charges. However, there was an active bench warrant issued in July after he failed to appear at a court date.
Turpin was also arrested on Sunday and charged with assault of a family member in Fort Worth. He was released from jail the same day. TCU suspended Turpin indefinitely following the incident.
UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin has an active bench warrant out for failure to appear in the Las Cruces (N.M) Magistrate Court, the court confirmed on Monday.
Turpin was arrested on March 15 in Las Cruces, N.M., and charged with battery of a household member, criminal damage to the property of a household member under $1,000 and interference with communications. Turpin previously pleaded not guilty to the first two charges.
The bench warrant was issued by judge Joel Cano on July 17 after Turpin failed to appear at a pre-trial hearing on July 16. If convicted, assault against a household member holds a sentence of up to six months prison time.
Turpin was arrested on Sunday and charged with causing bodily harm to a family member. He was released from jail later on Sunday. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirmed that the arrest involved Turpin and a woman.
TCU has not responded for comment at this time.
UPDATE (11:22 a.m.): TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin is suspended indefinitely following his arrest on charges of causing bodily harm to a family member.
"Everyone knows how I handle things like this," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "My track record speaks for itself. We're gathering information."
Patterson said that Turpin likely will be out for the Kansas game on Saturday as the university conducts its investigation. However, no long-term decisions have been made about his status yet.
"We have not received any information at this point in time as far as a police report or anything," Patterson said.
Original story (10:08 a.m.): TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was arrested on Sunday and charged with alleged assault causing bodily injury on a family member, according to Tarrant County jail records.
"Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested for a reported domestic situation," the university said in a statement. "The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine next steps. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law. The student also may face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges."
Turpin was on pace for career-best numbers as a senior. The Monroe, La., product posted 410 receiving yards, 24.0 yards per kickoff return, 19.4 yards per punt return and five all-purpose touchdowns. He also set the program record for career return touchdowns with a punt return against SMU.
The 5-foot-9, 157-pound senior ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 with 132.7 all-purpose yards per game. He posted five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown, and added a career-long 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown against Oklahoma on Saturday, one day before the incident allegedly occurred.
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