South Carolina suspends DB Charleston following arrest

South Carolina defensive back Javon Charleston was suspended from the team in the wake of his arrest on multiple charges.

Charleston was arrested on June 17 on charges of assault and burglary, The State newspaper reported Friday, citing Lexington County (S.C.) police records.

The university confirmed Charleston’s suspension to the newspaper via an athletic department spokesman.

Charleston was a walk-on at the school who received a scholarship in August 2017. He appeared in 13 games last season primarily on special teams, although he also saw playing time at defensive back and wide receiver.

According to police reports, Charleston was exchanged text messages with a woman prior to the incident. When the woman stopped returning his texts, he entered her house at approximately 2 a.m.

A man was in bed with the other woman, and Charleston chased him from the house following a verbal altercation, police reports said.

The woman accused Charleston of then physically assaulting her and calling her a “dirty slut.”

Charleston told police he knew the code to get into the house and had gone to check on the woman after she stopped texting him, believing she was drunk.

The newspaper reported that Charleston could face up to $2,500 or up to three years in prison for the assault and battery charge. The first-degree burglary charge could result in a life sentence in prison.