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Stalking injunction part of ex-Wharton, Marshall QB Chase Litton’s NFL draft file

Teams are aware of the injunction issued against Litton while he was a Wharton senior after nude photos of a former girlfriend were posted on social media.
Chase Litton has "taken responsibility for things that happened in the past," has grown from them and is "mature with high character," his agent, Leigh Steinberg, says. [Getty Images]
Chase Litton has "taken responsibility for things that happened in the past," has grown from them and is "mature with high character," his agent, Leigh Steinberg, says. [Getty Images]
Published Mar. 2, 2018|Updated Mar. 2, 2018

TAMPA — As NFL teams perform their due diligence in researching former Wharton High and Marshall quarterback Chase Litton before April's draft, they will see stories detailing his arrest as a high school sophomore on burglary and theft charges.

They also have learned of a yearlong stalking injunction obtained by a former girlfriend at Wharton after nude photos of her were posted on social media in May 2014, something that has not been previously reported publicly.

The Tampa Bay Times viewed the injunction, which first was requested in late January by an analyst from a "global investigative" firm in New York specializing in "employment screening." Such a firm likely would be vetting prospects for an NFL team, if not for the league itself.
Litton, 22, is one of 19 quarterbacks at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week.

The girl's family initially filed a bullying incident report on the Hillsborough County school system's website, identifying Litton, then 18 and a senior, as an ex-boyfriend. During school hours, "pornographic/nude photos" of the girl and Litton were posted on Twitter by a friend of Litton's and quickly circulated around campus, the family said in the report. Her father wrote that he found his daughter, then 18, in a guidance counselor's office "very upset and emotionally distraught."

The Times is not identifying the girl or her family because of the nature of the case and because no criminal charges were filed.

In the aftermath of the report, Litton kept calling the girl, even after his calls were blocked and he was repeatedly asked to stop calling, the family said. The family detailed 26 phone calls from multiple phone numbers over 27 hours before it sought a stalking injunction.

The filing for the injunction included a Facebook message from Litton to the girl's father in which Litton apologized but said he had nothing to do with "the incident that happened this past week on social media."

A temporary injunction issued May 13, 2014, ordered Litton to stay 500 feet away from the girl. It was amended six days later to 300 feet, allowing him to attend classes at Wharton under the condition that he must "avoid all contact."

On June 16, 2014, with both sides represented by attorneys, the injunction was issued for a year, and Litton was ordered to "delete, destroy and otherwise dispose of any and all inappropriate images," and to have "no contact, direct or indirect," with the girl.

In the spring of 2015, Litton enrolled at Marshall, where he started for the past three years. The girl's father said Thursday that Litton has not had any contact with her since.

Litton's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said Thursday that his client has worked to learn from his mistakes.

"We have a practice characterized by role-modeling and feel comfortable that Chase is someone of high character," Steinberg said. "He's taken responsibility for things that happened in the past, and they are all learning experiences. I think teams will be quite comfortable with the fact that, like many young people, he had some bumps in the past but has grown from them and is mature with high character."

In his sophomore year at Wharton, Litton was arrested on burglary and theft charges. They were dropped after he completed a pretrial diversionary program.

There is no record of Litton being arrested in the past three years in the county where Marshall is located in Huntington, W. Va.

Litton was suspended for the final game of Marshall's 2016 season for an unspecified violation of team rules.


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