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Grothe seeks pre-trial diversion program

USF quarterback Matt Grothe, facing a misdemeanor charge of serving alcohol to an underage person, will apply for a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders that could allow the charge to be dropped by the start of football season.

Grothe, 20, the Big East rookie of the year last fall, was arrested in April while while he worked behind the bar at the Bull Ring Sports Bar, accused of selling two beers to an 18-year-old who was working in conjunction with the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. His case was set for arraignment before a county court judge Monday morning.

If his application to the program is approved, Grothe would agree to probationary requirements, which typically amount to 16 hours of community service, payment of court fines, gaining familiarity with the relevant Florida Statutes and going without further incident for a minimum of about three months. Upon completion, the charge would be dropped.
Grothe's Lakeland-based attorney, Tony Dodds, did not return messages left Monday seeking comment. Grother's work at the Bull Ring was neither illegal nor in violation of any NCAA guidelines, and USF coach Jim Leavitt said the arrest will not result in any suspension from games.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:27am]

    

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