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November 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Jerramy Stevens released from Florida jail; could still face hearing

Seattle Times staff and news services

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Seahawks and Washington Huskies football player Jerramy Stevens was released from jail Thursday morning by a Hillsborough County judge after his arrest the previous day for investigation of violating his probation.

Judge Walter Heinrich released Stevens on his own recognizance because a Kirkland judge had ruled earlier this month that Stevens was arrested without cause, The Tampa Tribune and USA Today reported on their websites. Stevens was arrested Nov. 12 in Kirkland but has not been charged in connection with the alleged assault of his then-fiancée, soccer star Hope Solo. The case remains under investigation.

The Kirkland arrest may have violated Stevens’ parole stemming from a 2010 marijuana possession charge in Tampa. Despite being released this morning, he could still face a probation hearing.

“They could still technically call this witness that you allegedly assaulted and make them testify,” Heinrich said, according to The Tampa Tribune. “I’m not saying they’re going to do that. I’m not saying they’re even going to move forward with the probation issue. So do not get any false impressions.”

Stevens, 33, appeared wearing an orange jail jumpsuit before Heinrich via television monitor.

Stevens, who has a Tampa address, was arrested at Solo’s Kirkland residence earlier this month after a 911 call, according to the police report. The former NFL tight end appeared in court a day later, but was released. Stevens and Solo, 31, were married later that day.

Stevens’ attorney, Mark O’Brien, told USA Today that the matter would be resolved within a month.

“It was dismissed in Washington, and it will be dismissed here” in a probation hearing, O’Brien said.

Stevens has a history of problems with the law. As a senior at River Ridge High School in Lacey in 1998, Stevens faced a felony assault charge that was downgraded to a misdemeanor, which allowed him to keep his football scholarship at the UW.

As a sophomore at Washington, he was arrested for investigation of sexual assault but never charged. As a junior in 2001, he was cited for reckless driving after crashing into a retirement home and fleeing the scene.

Drafted in the first round by the Seahawks in 2002, he was arrested for DUI a year later. He pleaded down to reckless driving.

He was arrested in Arizona in 2007 and later convicted of extreme DUI. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that same year. The NFL team released Stevens in October 2010 after his arrest on the felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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