ASU redshirt freshman Ramon Abreu arrested for alleged sex with 14-year-old

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 30, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 31 at 8:11 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University has suspended redshirt freshman Ramon Abreu from its football program after police arrested him for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old.

Sgt. Steve Carbajal of the Tempe Police Department said Abreu was an 18-year-old senior at Marcos de Niza High School at the time of the alleged incident. The girl was a freshman at the same school.

While the alleged sex was consensual, Carbajal said, the girl’s mother reported it to police and charges were filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

ASU reportedly was not aware of the situation when Abreu joined its program a year ago, according to ASUDevils.com. The university would not comment other than to say Abreu has been suspended from the football program indefinitely. The suspension reportedly applies only to the football program.

Abreu was a standout player at Marcos de Niza. Rivals.com rated him as the No. 10 player in the state. He also won the Ed Doherty Award.

Sexual conduct with a minor is a felony. Because the girl in this case was just 14, the charge is a Class 2 felony. If convicted, Abreu could serve up to five years in prison.

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