Sevier County basketball star charged with domestic assault

Sevier County basketball star charged with domestic assault against girlfriend

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Devin Schmidt (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Devin Schmidt (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)

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SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A standout basketball player at Sevier County High School is accused of assaulting his 15-year-old girlfriend.

On Saturday, February 23, 18-year-old Devin Schmidt led the Sevier County Smoky Bears basketball team to a big tournament win.

But just a few hours after that, he found himself behind bars, accused of beating up the girl he was dating, after her father swore out a warrant for his arrest.

In the Sevier County Sheriff's Office warrant, the father claims Schmidt assaulted her at the high school on the same day as the game.

The warrant says Schmidt pushed her up against a brick wall, hit her head against it, grabbed her by the neck, spit on her twice and broke her cell phone.

It also says the victim suffered "visible injuries" consistent with assault, and said the attack was caught on videotape.

The female minor and Schmidt were listed as "at the time currently dating."

Schmidt turned himself in to police late Saturday night.

He was released Sunday morning after posting a $500 bond.

He's now charged with domestic assault.

Schmidt posted on his Twitter account just a few hours later.

The post read "I love all my teammates. Thank you guys for everything. Everybody who doesn't know the story please stop."

Locals tell 6 News they're shocked at the charge.

"I just thought it was unbelievable that here's the kid who has his whole life in front of him and he just basically ruined it. That's gonna go with him forever," said Della Wilson of Sevierville.

They say it's a massive black mark for the Sevier County senior.

"I think it's a shame, but he's young enough to realize he made a mistake. He can bounce back and get it together," said Douglas Hawk of Sevierville.

Schmidt recently signed to play college ball with Delta State.

The Sevier County Smoky Bears are scheduled to play a regional semifinal playoff game Tuesday night.

"If my child was playing on a team against him, look what happened. I mean is this going to happen to my kid on the ball court?" said Wilson.

Schmidt's family said they had no comment at this time.

As to whether or not Schmidt will play in Tuesday night's game, calls to Sevier County High School basketball coach Ken Wright went unreturned.

Sevier County Schools Director of School Dr. Jack A. Parton says the school will not be making any comments on Schmidt's charge at this time.

Schmidt was named the District 2-AAA MVP this season.

He is scheduled to appear at a hearing set for March 20.

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