JSU football player charged with assaulting former teammate with pool cue applies for youthful offender status

TROY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Jacksonville State University football player charged with repeatedly assaulting a former teammate has utilized for youthful offender status within the felony instances towards him, in response to a courtroom official.

Jack Dawson, a punter for Jacksonville State University, is accused of three assaults towards a former teammate throughout his time at Troy University.

The alleged assaults, which the sufferer mentioned had been the results of gamers’ notion that he was gay, “ranged from verbal harassment, which embrace[d] sexual statements and homophobic slurs, to molestation and violence, finally culminating with the compelled sodomy of [the victim] with a pool cue,” in response to a federal lawsuit filed in relation to the case.

The warrants towards Dawson, which had been issued in October 2021, went unserved for months till reporting by CBS 42 which first highlighted the lively arrest warrants towards the Australian-born football player.

A courtroom official mentioned Tuesday that Dawson’s trial on the three costs, which had appeared on a public docket as of final week, will now be closed to the general public.

“The lawyer for Mr. Dawson has utilized for Youthful Offender in all three instances,” Neal Armstrong, Troy’s courtroom clerk, mentioned in an e-mail. “Thus, these instances at the moment are presumed sealed and not open to the general public. This additionally seals the courtroom to the place no public will likely be allowed inside. This consists of the press.”

Alabama regulation permits these accused of crimes that happened earlier than they turned 21 years previous to use for so-called “youthful offender status.” Dawson was 20 on the time of the alleged assaults. If his request for youthful offender status is granted, the felony case towards Dawson will likely be completely sealed from public view.

The earliest alleged assault occurred in October 2020. According to a handwritten account by the sufferer filed with native police, the incident occurred inside Troy University’s Davis Fieldhouse. The sufferer was watching a football sport on his cellphone, “laying down pondering [his] personal enterprise” when he began experiencing intense ache.

“Suddenly I felt one thing piercing and coming into my anus/rectum space,” the person reported to the police. “Jack Dawson intentionally shoved a pool stick up my anus/rectum. I had speedy intractable and excruciating ache. I instantly reached for the realm and rolled on the ground writhing in extreme ache. I used to be extraordinarily upset and humiliated by what was accomplished and the laughter within the space that occurred by the gamers who noticed it. After checking my cellphone, humiliated and deeply embarrassed by what was accomplished to me, I bought up and went to the restroom in a ton of ache mentally and bodily. I began crying on the best way to the lavatory.”

On his cellphone, he mentioned, was a Snapchat notification. One of his teammates had video recorded the whole assault and despatched it out to Troy football gamers, he mentioned, together with himself.

“He filmed the whole incident from the sofa,” he wrote. “I then sat down on the bathroom and cried – balling my eyes out due to what occurred.”

The second assault cost towards Dawson stems from an incident in November 2020.

The sufferer’s handwritten account mentioned that he was at a residence on Norfolk Avenue in Troy when Jack Dawson and a second player picked him up and carried him outdoors, aiming to throw him within the pool.

“One picked me up by my shoulders and the opposite had my legs,” he wrote. “I frantically yelled and instructed them to get off of me and put me down. I continued to scream, wiggle, and inform them to cease.”

Soon, the sufferer’s teammates dropped him on the pool deck, he mentioned, leading to an abrasion.

“Jack Stockdale Dawson did, with intent to trigger bodily damage to a different particular person, trigger bodily damage…by selecting him up, carrying him outdoors, dropping him on the pool deck of 101 Norfolk Ave, inflicting a big bruise to his proper aspect,” in response to town’s grievance towards Dawson.

The last assault cost towards Dawson associated to occasions that occurred in December 2020.

The sufferer mentioned sooner or later in early December, he went to the house on Norfolk Avenue to assist one other player with his homework. Jack Dawson quickly confirmed up and instantly began focusing on him, he wrote.

“He grabbed a drink from me,” the sufferer wrote. “He normally did issues like this to point out his dominance over me. He knew I would not combat again.”

The sufferer mentioned Dawson then sat on high of him and wouldn’t rise up, regardless of pleas from himself and one other teammate.

After he was in a position to free himself, he mentioned Dawson attacked him.

“Jack then slapped me as laborious as he might,” he wrote. “I had speedy ache in my nostril and face and began crying. Everyone else was laughing and kidding at me.”

Soon, the former Troy player mentioned that Dawson contacted him, telling him to return again to the home for “a free slap.” Other gamers, too, urged him to return to the house to settle issues with Dawson.

“I went again to the home not realizing that it was a setup,” he wrote. “[Dawson] hit me within the face with his fist a couple of occasions, inflicting much more ache.”

“Jack Stockdale Dawson did, with intent to trigger bodily damage to a different particular person, trigger bodily damage…by slapping him within the face with his open hand, very laborious, inflicting bruising to his nostril,” in response to town’s grievance towards Dawson.

Mary Ellen Bates, a lawyer for Dawson, mentioned Monday that her consumer plans to proceed to trial on the assault costs.

In his response to the federal lawsuit towards him, Dawson has denied all allegations, as a substitute claiming he was the one victimized by his accuser.

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