Report gives Schmidt, girlfriend versions

Schmidt says she hit him; she says he beat her
Feb. 27, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

The police report on an alleged domestic incident involving Sevier County High School hoops star Devin Schmidt offers some new insight into the confrontation between the 18-year-old player and his 15-year-old girlfriend, including an account of the events from Schmidt.

Schmidt was charged with domestic assault Saturday, shortly after leading the Smoky Bears to a victory in the regional tournament. Sevierville police had first declined to release the report, citing concerns over revealing the identity of the victim, but Tuesday they sent out a copy with her name and identifying information redacted.

It includes Schmidt’s account of what happened: “She was hitting me and I grabbed her and said stop and she kept smacking me and she broke her own phone throwing it at me and it’s just stupid and she is on that camera somewhere hitting somewhere (sic).”

Police accounts have indicated the confrontation was video-recorded, and in the incident report Officer Tim Russell indicates he viewed the recording and made a copy of it.

Schmidt was released from the Sevier County Jail after posting $500 bond Saturday. School officials have not released information on his status with the school, but sources said he was suspended for Tuesday night’s Region 1-AAA semifinal game against Dobyns-Bennett.

The account also shows the confrontation happened at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, and was reported to Russell at 8:35 p.m. Schmidt turned himself in at the Sevier County Jail around 10 p.m., after the game ended and after the victim and her parents went to a juridical commissioner and swore out a warrant against him.

The girl’s account matches what appeared in the arrest report: “Devin Schmidt beat my phone against the wall outside of the school and broke it. He also grabbed me as I tried to run away and pushed me against the wall and pushed my head against the brick wall. He also spit on me twice.

“He told me he was going to make my life terrible and he would do anything to hurt me if I said something. As I tried to run away once again, he picked me up and made sure I didn’t go anywhere.”

Her statement does not indicate how she got away after that.

Schmidt could not be reached for further comment Tuesday. The alleged victim’s family referred comments to their attorney, Ross Gray, who could also not be reached for comment.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com