Sevierville basketball star in court for bond hearing

Sevierville basketball star in court for bond hearing

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - High school basketball star Devin Schmidt was arrested Tuesday on burglary charges.

The arrest occurred in Sevier County, but the bond hearing was held in Jefferson County because all the judges in Sevier County judges recused themselves.

During the hearing, a detective with the Sevierville Police Department was called as a witness. Details came out about what happened in Sunday at Sevierville Middle School.

According to Devin Schmidt's attorney, on Sunday, Schmidt and some of his friends were playing ball outside of the middle school.

Schmidt got thirsty, saw the door ajar and walked inside the school. A teacher asked him to leave. He did and went back outside to play ball with friends. Police arrived 20 minutes later.

The detective said the school's door was likely locked but if pushed on with force would open.

Nothing was found on Schmidt to indicate he tried to break in or steal anything, but the detective added you couldn't prove he was getting water either.

The detective confirmed that when police arrived Schmidt was outside the school playing ball.

The judge said he was not yet making a judgment, but said it appeared to be criminal trespass at most, which has a bond of $1,500.

But since Schmidt had a prior charge, the judge set the bond to $3,000.

The judge also gave Schmidt advice, saying just because he is a great athlete, it didn't give him permission to misbehave. He also said that misconduct can jeopardize an athletic career.

The next court date will be on April 9. Both cases will be heard in Sevier County; a Jefferson County judge will travel for the court date.

Last month, Schmidt turned himself in to police after being accused of beating his 15-year-old girlfriend.

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