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Manatee High School quarterback arrested

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Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website) Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.

According to an arrest report, 17-year-old Joshua Meyer was arrested on Monday.

He’s an 11th grade student at Manatee High School and officials say he was the starting quarterback last season.

According to the arrest report, late Saturday night, Meyer was with a 15-year-old female victim at a party drinking alcohol.

The report says the two were kissing and the victim told Meyer to stop.

The victim told deputies Meyer took her into a bathroom, locked the door and turned off the lights.

Then she told deputies that he performed some sexual acts on her.

According to the arrest report she told him 'no' and he eventually stopped.

Post Miranda, Meyer told deputies that the two did engage in sexual activity, but they did not have intercourse.

Since this happened off campus, the investigation is completely being handled by the Sheriff's Office.

School district spokesman Steve Valley said, “In accordance with school district procedures, since the student arrested was charged with a felony, that student will be re-assigned to an alternative school until this matter is resolved. This is a matter being handled by law enforcement. School district officials will cooperate fully and will not comment further until all legal matters have been settled.”

The following is a statement from Steve Valley, Director of Communications, Family and Community Engagement for the School District of Manatee County:

“The Manatee County School District was informed by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office this morning that a student at Manatee High School was arrested on Monday, April 14, 2014, and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery, a felony of the second degree. Neither the incident in which the alleged felony occurred, nor the arrest, took place on school district property. In accordance with school district procedures, since the student arrested was charged with a felony, that student will be re-assigned to an alternative school until this matter is resolved. This is a matter being handled by law enforcement. School district officials will cooperate fully and will not comment further until all legal matters have been settled.”

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