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Former Bucs OL Arron Sears released from jail

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Former Bucs guard Arron Sears, who has been jailed since February for a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, has been released and his case has been closed after the state admitted him into a mental health diversion program.

Sears was released on Tuesday after being held since February 2. He now will enter the 18-month program that includes mandates for outpatient treatment and other requirements. If Sears complies, the charge will be dropped.

Sears had been hospitalized on more than one occasion in the past year under the Baker Act, a law that permits police to take persons into custody who are believed to be mentally unstable or a danger to themselves. The alleged battery happened in June at Tampa General Hospital on one of those occasions, with officers forced to use a stun gun to corral Sears. The officer had to agree to the terms of this agreement before it was finalized.

Sears took a leave from the Bucs in the spring of 2009 after he began displaying odd behavior, then was released for good last year when club officials determined he had a setback in his recovery.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 12:53pm]

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