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No charges for Vols’ Bonner in cellphone theft

Deion Bonner,  Avery Sweeting AP

A week ago, the University of Tennessee Police Department listed defensive back Deion Bonner as the lone suspect in the theft of a UT student’s cellphone.

Now?  Nothing to see here, move on.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, no charges will be filed in the case against Bonner or anyone else for that matter.  The News Sentinel wrote that “the alleged victim in the case does not wish to pursue charges.”

The 21-year-old female’s phone was reported stolen by the alleged victim from the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building on the UT campus late Wednesday afternoon of last week.

Why the woman who originally reported the phone as being decided not to pursue charges was not made clear.

In April of last year, Bonner was one of three high school students — two of them football recruits — charged with stealing iPhones and iPods from the University of Georgia football locker room during an open-house event.  Bonner, a four-star member of the Vols’ 2012 recruiting class, eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the UGA incident, which involved the theft of nearly $1,900 worth of iGadgets.

The true freshman has played in six games this season.

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5 Responses to “No charges for Vols’ Bonner in cellphone theft”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    He basically got off of theft when he stole property from an athlete while at UGA, on a visit, but did not get his scholarship offer. Now he is allowed to get away with it at Tenn.
    If he is never held accountable under the law for his sticky finger habits, he will continue to do the same things. He is learning first hand how the system works these days for gifted athletes in college. The charges can just go away, because the young lady doesn’t want to press charges. How about the evidence pointing to him anyway, and student honor code violations as well as athletic dept. rules and standards. I know I would not feel comfortable with him in my locker room.

  2. manchestermiracle says: Nov 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    In a normal situation like this (ie., one of the parties involved isn’t a member of a big-college sports team) one would have to assume that the only evidence against the accused is the victim. Once the victim refuses to pursue the charges they are dropped.

    Since the accused IS a member of a big-college sports team one must immediately assume, especially with this particular athlete’s past, that the victim was ‘persuaded’ to not pursue charges. Whether or not that is the actual situation won’t stop folks from entertaining the theory that someone slipped her some cash and/or other incentives to drop the case.

  3. stairwayto7 says: Nov 9, 2012 3:10 PM

    Where is the lack of institutional comtrol? Where is Mark Emmertt? 2 year bowl ban! Oh wait they suck and wont make a bowl!

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    manchestermiracle says:
    Nov 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    Since the accused IS a member of a big-college sports team one must immediately assume, especially with this particular athlete’s past, that the victim was ‘persuaded’ to not pursue charges. Whether or not that is the actual situation won’t stop folks from entertaining the theory that someone slipped her some cash and/or other incentives to drop the case.
    ————
    Well, I am a UT fan, and believe me I have certainly done more than “entertained” the thought that the young lady in question is walking around the UT campus right now with a new IPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy and box seats for her and her family/friends for a football game of her choice. I’m a realist-sorry folks!

  5. ezwriter69 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:25 PM

    Can you say payoff, boys and girls?
    How pathetically low are your standards when you recruit THIS kid. He steals out of lockers on an official visit, and you recruit him anyway?
    Is this really worth it, Vols fans? Seriously? Kiffin had to go, but y’all want this kind of kid and this kind of coach and administration representing you? Be proud, be very very proud.
    I hope you keep losing for the next fifty years… y’all deserve it and then some.

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