Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze issued a statement this afternoon saying cornerback Bobby Hill has been suspended indefinitely for an arrest.
The rising sophomore from Georgia was arrested on charges of sexual battery Tuesday afternoon by the Oxford Police Department’s Chase Camp. According to the jail docket from the Lafayette County Detention Center, Hill, 19, was taken into custody and booked at 3 Tuesday afternoon. He was released on bond at 9:50 Tuesday night. Al Williams was listed as the bonding agent.
According to Mississippi statue 97-3-95, a sexual battery occurs when
1. He or she engages in sexual penetration with:
(a) Another person without his or her consent;
(b) A mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless person;
(c) A child at least 14 but under 16 years of age, if the person is 36 or more months older than the child; or
(d) A child under the age of 14 years of age, if the person is 24 or more months older than the child.
(2) A person is guilty of sexual battery if he or she engages in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 18 if the person is in a position of trust or authority over the child including without limitation the child’s teacher, counselor, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, minister, priest, physical therapist, chiropractor, legal guardian, parent, stepparent, aunt, uncle, scout leader or coach. The first offense is punishable up to 30 years in jail.
Hill is a not a starter but he did appear in 10 games, garnering one tackle.
This is Freeze’s statement regarding Hill, which was released Wednesday afternoon.
“We are aware of the situation and recognize the proper authorities are responsible for the matter,” Freeze said. “Bobby has been indefinitely suspended from all football activities while the process moves forward. We take this very seriously and will make decisions once the course of action is complete.” (January 29, 2014)