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FAMU assistant arrested

Florida A&M graduate assistant coach Frank "Choo-choo" Middleton, 31, was arrested Saturday night and charged with attempted sexual battery.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department report of Middleton's arrest, Middleton was driving with a woman he knew Saturday afternoon. Middleton reportedly ordered her to stop the car and told her they were going to have sex.

When she refused, Middleton allegedly grabbed her by the neck and punched her in the face. The report said the woman stopped the car and Middleton grabbed her purse and got out of the car. She drove away and called the police at 4:20 p.m. from a service station.

Police arrested Middleton after the FAMU-Howard football game Saturday night. According to FAMU coach Ken Riley, Middleton was at the game charting statistics.

Middleton was booked into Leon County Jail. He was released Monday night after posting $15,000 bail.

Riley did not say if Middleton will remain on his staff until the matter is settled but said he will meet with FAMU athletic director Walter Reed today to discuss the situation.

"If a criminal act was committed, we cannot condone that," Riley said. "If he is guilty, we won't do anything that will have a negative effect on the program."

Riley said he has not talked to Middleton since Saturday.

Reed was out of town at a family funeral Monday.

Middleton was a Rattler running back in the early 1980s and had a short pro career with the Indianapolis Colts (1984) and the Miami Dolphins (1985).

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