UTEP suspends football player charged in assault
By Kristian Hernandez on February 3, 2012
EL PASO – Lavorick Williams, a University of Texas at El Paso football player was arrested Friday, January 27, and was charged with a Class A assault – family violence causing bodily harm – after being detained for five hours by campus police.
According to information released by campus police, Camille Herrera, 19, filed an investigation report after an incident with Williams, 23, at Sacramento Hall in the Miner Village student dormitories. Police released no further details of the incident, which occurred Thursday between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Williams was taken into custody at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
Herrera’s two roommates, Samantha Avilar, 19, and Joy Finley, 18, were also named in the police report, but their statements will not be released until the investigation is finished, according to the report.
University campus police said they could not comment further on the case until the investigation is concluded, but police Chief Cliff Walsh said that the campus police department follows the same system as the El Paso Police Department and is not responsible for reporting these incidents to the school administration.
“We will report a crime if it is in the media’s eye, but we are not necessarily required to do so,” Walsh said.
Williams, who went back home to Odessa, Texas, Saturday morning, told Borderzine that the Assistant Dean of Students Ryan C. Holmes had already issued a suspension order.
“I am shocked by this assault charge because there has not been any conclusion to this investigation and before a police report was even filed I was already suspended from school,” Williams said.
The Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Associate Dean of Students Catie McCorry-Andalis said that she could not issue any comment on Williams’ suspension because the Family Education Rights Privacy Act does not allow school officials to disclose any personal information about students.
“I am shocked that this has even come about,” said Guy Holiday, who is coaching his 5th season as wide receiver coach at UTEP. “This is the first player I have ever had suspended from school. I am not sure how the school is handling this.”
Williams is a junior and wears the number 88 when he is on the gridiron as a wide receiver for the UTEP Miners football team.