Updated: Smoky Bears star arrested
Just hours after helping his team equal Sevier County High School's most wins in a season, Smoky Bears forward and Delta State signee Devin Schmidt was at the Sevier County Jail.
Schmidt, 18, turned himself in to police Saturday night, after a warrant for his arrest was sworn out by the father of a minor female.
According to the warrant, a female student of SCHS was allegedly accosted by Schmidt at the school.
The date or time of the alleged incident was not made clear in the warrant.
"Defendant (Schmidt) allegedly assaulted affiant's 15-year-old daughter at Sevier County High School by pushing her against a brick wall, hitting her head against the brick wall, grabbing her by the neck, spitting on her twice and then broke her cell phone," the warrant reads.
According to the documentation obtained from the jail, the victim — who was dating Schmidt at the time — suffered visible injuries consistent with assault.
She also said the incident was captured on videotape.
Schmidt surrendered himself to police Saturday night and was charged with domestic assault.
After spending nearly 12 hours in jail, he was released Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. on a $500 bond, according to an officer at the jail.
The Bears are next scheduled to play Tuesday night at Daniel Boone High School against Dobyns-Bennett in the Region 1-AAA Semifinals.
Schmidt, who’s been the cornerstone of the team’s historic season — in which they’ve tied the 2009-2010 team with 27 victories, has been on fire in the postseason for SCHS.
He’s averaged 33 points per game in the team’s last three contests (all wins), guiding the team to the Tuesday night matchup with D-B.
A win against the Indians would assure the Bears a spot in the Region final, and, more importantly, a guaranteed game at substate. A loss would end the SCHS season.
Sevier County hasn’t had a boys team reach the state tournament since 1991, when SCHS Hall of Famer Mark Newman was playing for the Smoky Bears.
Ironically — though statistics from over a decade ago are sporadic — Schmidt is believed to be the Bears’ second all-time leading scorer behind Newman, who finished his career with 1,926 points before signing with Middle Tennessee State.
Schmidt was honored earlier this month for surpassing 1,500 points and currently has just over 1,600 career points for the Bears.
His status for Tuesday’s game, and future with the team, is in limbo.
“We’re going to let the dust settle,” SCHS coach Ken Wright said. “Right now we’ve got allegations.”
Wright said he’ll meet with Sevier County principal Toby Ward and the school resource office to “review the tape.”
“I can’t comment right now on anything,” Wright said. “Because I don’t know (what really happened). I’ll sit down with Mr. Ward and the resource officer, and we’ll review the tape and go from there.”
Wright said he’ll meet with his team tomorrow to discuss the situation going forward.