High school basketball star sentenced for assaulting girlfriend

High school basketball star sentenced for assaulting girlfriend

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As part of the agreement, Schmidt (left) accepted a restraining order from coming around his ex-girlfriend and he must pay $250 restitution for destroying her cell phone. As part of the agreement, Schmidt (left) accepted a restraining order from coming around his ex-girlfriend and he must pay $250 restitution for destroying her cell phone.
"Obviously he regrets it, as he apologized to the court, to his parents and the victim in this case. He regrets his action and his conduct that day," said Bryan Delius, Schmidt's attorney. "Obviously he regrets it, as he apologized to the court, to his parents and the victim in this case. He regrets his action and his conduct that day," said Bryan Delius, Schmidt's attorney.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – The former Sevier County High School basketball star charged with assaulting his girlfriend pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

Devin Schmidt, 18, was arrest in February for assaulting his 15-year-old girlfriend and arrested again in March in connection with a break in at Sevierville Middle School.

The Sevier County judge showed leniency in court Tuesday for Schmidt who pleaded guilty to the domestic assault charge as well as a lesser charge of simple trespassing.

6 News obtained the surveillance video from the high school where the assault took place.

In the video from February 23, taken just before 6:00 p.m, it shows Schmidt drag his then-girlfriend into school. In another shot, it shows them arguing outside of the school. Schmidt spits on her and she pushed him back. Then, just out of the frame, he shoves her.

"Obviously he regrets it, as he apologized to the court, to his parents and the victim in this case. He regrets his action and his conduct that day," said Bryan Delius, Schmidt's attorney.

Delius and the district attorney's office reached an agreement that will allow the incident to be erased from the teen's record as long as he doesn't violate his probation.

"The agreement that we reached was to do a judicial referral on the charge of assault. The charge will be deferred for 11 months 29 days and it will be dismissed from his record," Delius explained.

The 15-year-old victim's family was in court Tuesday morning and her father feels justice is served.  

"We're okay with the verdict," the victim's father said. "We want both of them to be able to continue their lives. We just wanted her protected and this way she can go on and being a teenager."

On the breaking and entering charge, the judge amended it to a simple trespassing after noting the door to the school was already open.

The judge told Schmidt he was getting a second chance, and as a star basketball player, he is a role model and needs to act like one.

"It's a good resolution for Schmidt. He has a college scholarship to go play ball that has remained," his attorney said.  

Schmidt has accepted a scholarship to play basketball for Delta State University.

As part of the agreement, Schmidt accepted a restraining order from coming around his ex-girlfriend and he must pay $250 restitution for destroying her cell phone.

He also must complete a batterer's intervention program, pay court costs and do five days of community service.

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