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NC State RB Thornton receives deferred prosecution in assault case

Posted August 22, 2013
Updated August 23, 2013

— North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton was given a deferred prosecution ruling Thursday at his court appearance for a charge of assault on a female.

Thornton will undergo monitored counseling and could have the charges dropped upon completion. The court will check in on his counseling status every three months beginning Oct. 2.

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Thornton was arrested June 6 on campus following an incident the day before. Witnesses told police that they saw the sophomore grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall in the D.H. Hill Library. He was charged with one count of assault on a female.

Thornton, the leading rusher for NC State a year ago, has been suspended for the team's season opener against Louisiana Tech by first-year head coach Dave Doeren. He has worked out with the team for the entirety of the fall practice session and was made available on the Wolfpack's media day.

Thornton amassed with 694 yards as a freshman while starting just four games. The Hinesville, Ga., native did not play in any of the team's first three games a year ago and fumble issues had him in a backup role as the Wolfpack entered their spring game this season.

The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.

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  • duane11 Aug 24, 3:00 p.m.

    PJ should have had his charges dismissed. First time offender with a small amount of weed (which... View More

    — Posted by Frizz

    Totally agree.

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I beleive the Federal gov't is looking at UNC and their pollicy in reporting sexual assault cas... View More

    — Posted by packfan07

    You're absolutely right. UNC not only needs to do a better job reporting sexual assault cases,... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    lets not overlook the assault of men by women, and the fact that many woman make up charges against men b/c it is so easy to do so.....lets get politically correct here

  • StunGunn Aug 24, 10:27 a.m.

    PJ should have had his charges dismissed. First time offender with a small amount of weed (which... View More

    — Posted by Frizz

    Totally agree.

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I beleive the Federal gov't is looking at UNC and their pollicy in reporting sexual assault cas... View More

    — Posted by packfan07

    You're absolutely right. UNC not only needs to do a better job reporting sexual assault cases, they need to do a better job in the way they are handling them.

  • packfan07 Aug 24, 8:27 a.m.

    PJ should have had his charges dismissed. First time offender with a small amount of weed (which... View More

    — Posted by Frizz

    Totally agree.

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I beleive the Federal gov't is looking at UNC and their pollicy in reporting sexual assault cases or lack of reporting sexual assault cases. Assaults on females is a serious matter and UNC needs to do better at reporting them.

  • StunGunn Aug 23, 7:43 p.m.

    Post of the decade.

    — Posted by flagship4ever

    Sad life for you, when you believe, a comment about a (questionable, at best) case involving one... View More

    — Posted by chivegas

    I'll guarantee you,I have more education than you, redrager.

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    You related to Hokie94?

    — Posted by Coach K loves Curtis Malone.

    Ha ha ha. That's exactly what I was thinking, but "Red Rager" doesn't brag about his education.

  • chivegas Aug 23, 3:20 p.m.

    Actually Redrage, two of the attorneys graduated from UNC and the other from USC Law schools. ... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Acutally, I my screen name reflects the anger of your comrades. I have no hate for state. The ob... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Another uneducated Walmart fan troll.

    Don't feed the trolls.

    — Posted by chivegas

    Actually, I do see alot of folks around central and eastern NC wearing their NCSU attire while... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Walmart%20fan

  • Hokies94 Aug 23, 2:06 p.m.

    It sounds minor to me. He will be OK.

  • rduguyhere Aug 23, 12:03 p.m.

    Actually Redrage, two of the attorneys graduated from UNC and the other from USC Law schools. ... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Acutally, I my screen name reflects the anger of your comrades. I have no hate for state. The ob... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Another uneducated Walmart fan troll.

    Don't feed the trolls.

    — Posted by chivegas

    Actually, I do see alot of folks around central and eastern NC wearing their NCSU attire while visiting Walmart. You are correct!

  • acc_rules Aug 23, 9:48 a.m.

    As usual the comment section is a festival of clowns. Move on folks, there's nothing to see.

  • zonk Aug 23, 9:44 a.m.

    Really does not sound like he did a whole lot wrong. Was more than likely provoked. You know it does happen.

  • Carameltoe Aug 23, 9:33 a.m.

    It's rigged. Is there anything a State athlete can't do and get away with it? ANYTHING at... View More

    — Posted by DrJ

    boo hoo hoo

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