Georgia freshmen Rochester, Clay arrested on weapon charges

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia freshmen Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested Monday night on felony charges including the possession of a BB gun in a school zone.

Rochester, a defensive lineman, and Clay, a defensive back, were charged with having a weapon in a school zone and second degree criminal damage. Each is a felony charge.

The two were arrested by University of Georgia police and remained in the Athens-Clarke County jail Tuesday morning, according to jail records.

Georgia released a statement early Tuesday which said the second charge is related to property damage. No other details were immediately available.

“I’m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in the statement released by the school. “We expect full compliance with the policies of the university and of our football program from all our student-athletes.

“Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an appropriate manner.”

Jail records list a $5,000 bond on the criminal damage charge and no bond on the weapons charge for each of the two.

Clay, from Marietta, Georgia, and Peachtree Ridge High School; and Rochester, from Powder Springs, Georgia, and McEachern High School; are among six freshmen who enrolled early for spring practice.

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