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Chad Curtis found guilty of sexual assault

Chad CurtisFormer Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis was found guilty Friday by a Barry County jury of sexually assaulting three teen girls.

Curtis, who played 10 seasons in the bigs and is most known for winning two World Series championships with the New York Yankees in 1998 and 1999, was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. The 44-year-old was a weight room trainer and substitute teacher at Lakewood Schools in Michigan and committed the assault while giving massages to the girls. WoodTV says most of the assaults happened at Lakewood High School where Curtis was going to become the football coach.

Two girls say Curtis touched their buttocks inappropriately. A third girl says Curtis touched her genitals and fondled and kissed her breasts. One incident took place in April 2012, while the two others occurred earlier. One of the victims says Curtis assaulted her after climbing into bed with her while she was on vacation with their family.

Curtis admitted in court that he may have inadvertently gone too high on the girl’s thigh while doing a massage, but denied touching the genitals. Some girls said Curtis took down their pants so that he could massage their buttocks, and one claimed he unexpectedly lifted her top while wrapping her.

MLive.com says the maximum penalty for the charges is 15 years in prison.

Jared Remy spent time in jail for beating up ex-girlfriend in 2005

Jared Remy

Jared Remy has been arrested and charged with stabbing his girlfriend Jennifer Martel to death on Thursday night at their Waltham, Mass., home. Remy has an extensive criminal past, including previous incidents of domestic violence.

Not only did Remy appear in court this week for alleged assault and battery committed against Martel on Tuesday night, two days prior to her death, but he also beat up a previous girlfriend in 2005.

Remy, then 27, was arrested at his father’s home in Weston, Mass., and charged with assault and battery committed against his ex-girlfriend, and resisting arrest.

According to a 2005 Boston Globe story, police in Waltham “said [Remy] grabbed his girlfriend by the hair, threw her to the ground, threw a cell phone at her and kicked her in the back, stomach and face. He also allegedly punched her in the eye and hit her in the stomach” on Nov. 7, 2005.

Police said in their report that when they arrived they found the girlfriend bleeding from her nose and mouth and saw blood on the kitchen floor.

Remy was held in Middlesex Jail for at least 81 days, according to The Globe. He was found guilty and ordered to serve a year in Middlesex House of Correction. The sentence was suspended while he was placed on probation.

The Globe says Remy has been prosecuted at least 14 separate times in Waltham courthouse since 1998.

Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy’s son Jared arrested and charged with murder

Jared-Remy

Jared Remy, the son of beloved Boston Red Sox broadcaster and former Sox second baseman Jerry Remy, was arrested on Thursday night and charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Jennifer Martel to death in their apartment.

Remy is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at the same courthouse where he appeared on Wednesday after being accused of assaulting Martel. He had been released on personal recognizance after Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said the bail recommendation from Martel’s camp was “based on a totality of circumstances.”

According to the Boston Globe, Waltham police responded to a call from Remy’s apartment complex at about 9 p.m. on Thursday night. They found Martel bleeding from multiple stab wounds on the back patio of the couple’s apartment. Martel’s daughter was reportedly home at the time her mother was killed.

Some of you may know Jared Remy, an avid weightlifter, from a steroid scandal that took place when he worked as a security staff member for the Red Sox several years ago. He and a second staff member were found to have used steroids, which led Major League Baseball to investigate whether he helped supply players with performance-enhancing drugs during the 2008 season. No players were implicated, and Remy later admitted to using steroids but claimed he never gave drugs to any of his coworkers. He was fired in 2009.

[Related: Jared Remy spent time in jail for beating up ex-girlfriend in 2005]

The past year has been very tough for Jerry Remy, who is also battling lung cancer. Back in July, Remy’s daughter Jenna Remy was arrested and brought up on several charges after she allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend’s house and had to be pepper sprayed to get her under control.

Remy will likely miss some time in the Red Sox booth in the wake of the latest tragedy.

Photo via Twitter/Boston Globe Sports

Duke walk-on Hud Mellencamp facing felony battery charge

Hude Mellencamp DukeDuke walk-on sophomore cornerback Hud Mellencamp, the son of recording artist John Cougar Mellencamp, is facing felony battery charges for an alleged assault that took place in July in his native Indiana, according to the Charlotte Observer.

19-year-old Hud, his 18-year-old brother Speck, and 18-year-old Ty Smith (the son of Indiana University’s baseball coach) are accused of jumping three men in front of a Bloomington, Ind., home on July 29. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday by the Bloomington Police Department for all three men, who are each facing a single felony assault charge.

The Observer says Speck told police that he attended a party at the house earlier in the night and was struck by a guy while breaking up a fight between two women who were arguing over him. After rounding up his brother and Smith, Speck returned to the home where they confronted the alleged victim, who was sitting on the porch of the home with two friends. The alleged victim tells police he asked the men “Can I help you?” and was punched by Speck. Hud and Smith allegedly joined in and kicked and beat up the alleged victim. Other men living in the house came out to break up the fight, and once the alleged victim was back on his feet, Speck knocked him down and beat him up some more. The other people broke up the fight and say the trio ran away.

The alleged victim reportedly suffered facial fractures that required stitches and the attention of a plastic surgeon.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe told The Observer in an email that he was aware of the charges and was allowing Mellencamp to Indiana to handle the matter. Hud, by the way, is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion in Indiana and a Junior Olympics state boxing champion, according to his Duke bio.

Photo: Twitter/Hud Mellencamp

Jason Mayhem Miller facing domestic violence charge after arrest

Jason Mayhem MillerTroubled MMA fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday following an incident with a woman the day before.

According to information from the sheriff’s department provided to MMA Mania and other outlets, a woman called police on Saturday to say she was the victim of a domestic violence incident. The woman said the incident occurred after she found a text message on Miller’s phone.

The sheriff’s department told MMA Mania that the woman’s injuries included “multiple bruises covering both arms and both legs, laceration and bleeding above right eyebrow (approx. 1.5″ wide), and laceration to the right side of face (approx. 1.5″ wide). No property or weapons involved.”

Deputies were unable to contact Miller on Saturday to get his statement. They did find him early Sunday morning after responding to a call about a loud party at 5:30 a.m. in Mission Viejo, Calif. Miller supposedly was outside his home, yelling at neighbors. He was arrested based on the allegations from the day before.

Miller was released from jail on Monday after posting $50,000 bond.

Miller is 28-9 in his career and has not fought in over a year. He sparked a postfight brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville in 2010 after entering the cage and asking Jake Shields for a rematch. He was also arrested for a bizarre naked church romp last year.

DC Assault co-founder Curtis Malone arrested in heroin investigation

Curtis Malone DC AssaultCurtis Malone, the co-founder and president of the reputable DC Assault AAU basketball team, was arrested in connection with a DEA heroin investigation, the Washington City Paper reports.

Malone founded DC Assault in 1993. The program has produced nine McDonald’s All-Americans, including Duke’s Nolan Smith and Kentucky’s Keith Bogans. Michael Beasley and Jeff Green are other notable players to pass through the program (full alumni list here).

According to the City Paper, Malone was arrested Friday in D.C. as part of a year-long DEA investigation. Court documents say agents found a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of suspected heroin, a handgun, and items associated with heroin sales. Malone and another alleged dealer have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Malone lives in Maryland. Officers reportedly pulled over a customers who had visited Malone’s home, and they allegedly found a kilo of cocaine in his car.

Malone was convicted of selling crack cocaine in 1991 and served three months in jail. He is the same AAU coach who wired Jamar Samuels money last year, leading Kansas State to sit the forward for its NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse. Malone was also sued in 2011 by Beasley, who alleged the coach was paid to steer his players toward NBA agent Joel Bell.

Who would have figured that the man behind one of the most notable AAU basketball programs in the country was (allegedly) a huge drug dealer?

H/T College Basketball Talk

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players charged with raping unconscious woman

Four former Vanderbilt football players have been charged with raping an unconscious woman, police said on Friday, per The Tennesseean.

The four men — 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg, 19-year-old Brandon Eric Banks, 18-year-old JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, and 19-year-old Kevin Batey — were each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, a junior college transfer from Palm Desert, Calif., was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography, The Tennessean reports. Vandenburg held a 4.0 GPA at College of the Desert, and boasted in his Twitter bio about being an honors student.

Batey was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood draw. Police were trying to locate the other three.

Police say the four men raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room on June 23. Per The Tennesseean, police first learned of the matter after university officials checked a hallway security camera in an unrelated incident and saw suspicious behavior by the four men.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players in June and kicked them off campus after learning that police were investigating the incident.