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Felony case dropped against ex-Florida Gators staffer Otis Yelverton

UF’s ex-assistant director of player personnel had faced a complaint of aggravated stalking.
MONICA HERNDON | Times Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.
Published Jun. 11

Former Florida Gators support staff member Otis Yelverton had his felony complaint of aggravated stalking dropped, according to Alachua County court records.

Yelverton had been accused of threatening to blow up his ex-girlfriend’s car and attempting to contact her 40 times after she tried to cut off communication. The State Attorney’s Office formally dismissed the case Monday evening, citing “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction.”

Yelverton, who had been UF’s assistant director of player personnel, released this statement Monday evening:

I want to thank the State Attorney’s office for their thoughtful consideration of the evidence in this matter and the decision not to file charges against me. From the very beginning, I have maintained my innocence and trusted the judicial system - and others - that I would be afforded the due process granted to every citizen of this country. Today, I am vindicated. This matter was about two people that cared for each other, struggling over a period of time with the dissolution of our relationship. In that process, hurtful words were exchanged. While not a crime, I deeply regret using hurtful language and am committed to being more mindful of the things I say and the context in which I say them. I already have begun seeing a counselor to help me better handle such difficult personal situations.

Because I am a father to daughters, it is important that I make clear that there have never been any allegations of violent behavior by me, not during this process or any other relationship I have ever had. Violence against women of any sort is offensive to me, and never have I, nor would I, commit violence against a woman.

I am very much looking forward to putting this behind me and resuming my career. Unfortunately, I will not be doing so at the University of Florida. The University Athletic Association terminated my employment on May 29, 2019 before this matter could be resolved in the judicial system and despite my statements of innocence and repeated requests for patience.

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