Update: Former Little League star Kyle Carter says he's 'not worried' about felony charge

kprice@ledger-enquirer.com, semerson@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 31, 2012 

Former Columbus High and Little League baseball star Patrick Kyle Carter was arrested and booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail on Tuesday morning on two charges, one felony and one misdemeanor, according to the ACCJ booking recap report.

The felony is possession of a weapon in a school zone. The misdemeanor is simple assault.

When reached by the Ledger-Enquirer, Carter, a freshman baseball player for Georgia, first said the story was wrong.

"All that happened was that she was in the room. We were arguing, and she was asked by multiple people to leave. She wouldn't leave, and she threatened me, so I picked up my bat, pointed it at the door and told her she had to leave right now. The charges are hopefully being dropped. My attorney is working on it right now. So, really, I'm not worried about anything."

The UGA police were called to a dorm room around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 19. Police later met with a female who complained that an individual threatened her with bodily arm, and with a baseball bat.

UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson said investigators looked into it for a number of days, interviewing those who were present. A warrant was taken out for Carter on Tuesday.

“If you read the Georgia code section, it says that baseball bats are weapons on any school unless they’re for an athletic event,” Williamson said. “When he chose to use that as a weapon to threaten the woman, that’s when he violated the law. If he’s out on the ballfield or the intramural field and he uses it for what it was meant, then it’s a baseball bat all day long. But when he chose to use it as a weapon and threatened her with it, it became that, a weapon.”

Williamson said the female felt Carter was using the bat to threaten the woman.

“He was using it in such a way that it made her think she was in harm’s way,” Williamson said. “And then based on his statements to her, the statements indicated that he planned to use the bat to do bodily harm.

“I think it was just one of the random meetings that happens in a residence hall frequently,” Williamson said. “I feel confident he did not know her before this encounter.”

He was booked into jail at 9:58 a.m Tuesday. He was bonded out by the Aaron Bonding Company at 11:19 a.m. There was a $4,000 on the felony weapons charge and $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor assault charge.

UGA associate sports communication director Christopher Lakos said the university was aware of Carter's arrest earlier this week.

''Coach (Dave) Perno is aware of the situation and is gathering more information regarding this matter,'' Lakos said.

Carter's father, Richard, said the initial threat was made by the accuser, who, Richard Carter said was drunk.

"Kyle was in his room minding his own business with three to four guys," Richard Carter said. "A girl walks in. (Kyle) asked her to leave three times. She started to get irate and violent with him.

"She said, 'You can't make me leave; I've got hands.' He said 'I've got a bat.' Then she went and turned him in for threatening her with a bat."

Richard Carter said Kyle Carter went to the police Monday to talk about the allegations. On Tuesday, Kyle Carter was charged.

However, Kyle's father said he was told by the University of Georgia baseball officials that, at the moment, Kyle's future with the baseball team was not in jeopardy.

Richard Carter said Athens lawyer Richard F. Connelly Jr. is representing Kyle.

Columbus High baseball coach Bobby Howard said he aware of Kyle's arrest.

''I understand not all of the facts are in,'' Howard said.

Howard also said he had also talked with Perno but did not reveal what was said.

Carter was the star of the 2006 Little League World Series team that won the championship. He graduated from Columbus High in May after winning three state championships. His senior year he batted .320 with 14 home runs and 31 RBIs. He went 12-2 on the mound with a 0.98 ERA and struck out 116 batters.

Carter is the second high-profile Columbus-area athlete to be arrested this summer in Athens, Ga. Former Carver star running back Isaiah Crowell was kicked off Georgia's football team late June after being arrested. Crowell was arrested on charges of carrying a weapon in a school zone --the same charge as Carter -- and having an altered ID mark, both felonies.

Check back to ledger-enquirer.com for updates.

David Mitchell, Stephanie Pedersen and Chuck Williams contributed to this report.

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