Source: Schmidt won't play Tuesday
It appears Sevier County High School's star basketball player won't be playing against Dobyns-Bennett in Tuesday night's Region 1-AAA semifinal game.
According to sources who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, Schmidt, who was charged with domestic violence following a Saturday incident, will not play in the elimination game for the Bears (27-4 overall).
The senior is the Smoky Bears' leading scorer and rebounder and has averaged an astounding 33 points per contest in three games this postseason.
When reached by phone Monday afternoon, Sevier County Director of Schools Jack A. Parton could not comment on the issue.
"We are not at liberty to discuss discipline issues of our students," he said.
Schmidt turned himself in to authorities Saturday night after his team's 67-61 victory over Sullivan South at SCHS in the first round of region tournament play.
According to the Sevierville Police Department, the alleged incident occurred around 5:50 p.m. — which would have been 70 minutes before the scheduled tipoff of Saturday night's game. SPD is not releasing a copy of the incident report at this time, citing the privacy of the minor victim involved in the case.
Officials have said someone told a school resource officer about the incident, and he proceeded to consult with the parents of the students involved.
"Because the victim was a juvenile, the officer wanted to talk to the parents before proceeding," SPD public information officer Bob Stahlke said.
He proceeded to investigate the allegation, and ultimately told the parents they had the option to seek a warrant by going to a judicial commissioner.
"The parents decided they wanted to take out a warrant," Stahlke said.
The family decided to seek a warrant at 8:35 p.m., according to the SPD, and the jail intake report shows Schmidt was arrested at 9:53 and booked at 10:08.
He was released roughly 12 hours later on a $500 bond.
The arrest warrant, which was filed by the victim's parents, claims that 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."
According to the documentation obtained from the jail Sunday, the victim — who was dating Schmidt at the time — suffered visible injuries consistent with assault.
A court date has been set for Schmidt for Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. according to the warrant.