NCSU football's Shadrach Thornton named in sexual battery investigation

jgiglio@newsobserver.comDecember 5, 2013 

— Shadrach Thornton is back in legal trouble with the N.C. State University Police and was suspended indefinitely from the football team Thursday by coach Dave Doeren.

Thornton, a sophomore running back, is a suspect in a sexual battery case, according to search warrants signed Wednesday.

Thornton and teammate J.J. Jones also were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession on Wednesday afternoon, according to Maj. David Kelly, spokesman for the N.C. State University Police Department.

The marijuana charges came as the NCSU Police Department investigated the sexual battery case, according to court documents.

The suspected sexual battery was reported Monday, according to a police affidavit. On Wednesday, two detectives visited Thornton’s apartment in a complex at 2717 Western Boulevard in Raleigh.

The officers reportedly smelled marijuana and found several stems from the plant, along with a marijuana cigarette and paraphernalia, according to the affidavit. Teammates Marchez Coates and Juston Burris were listed as residents of the apartment, as was Jones, a reserve freshman safety.

Police searched the apartment Thursday. They found two parts of hand-rolled cigarettes, marijuana stems and a screen for a “grinder” in a common area, according to an inventory of items police say they seized.

In Thornton’s bedroom, police said they seized 0.3 grams of marijuana, three parts of marijuana cigarettes, and three plastic bags of tobacco. In Jones’ bedroom, police said they seized a plastic shopping bag of tobacco and marijuana stems, and five pills of Naproxen, an anti-pain and anti-inflammation drug, that apparently belonged to teammate Carlos Gray, according to the inventory.

Thornton has had legal trouble before. In a separate case in June, he was charged by campus police with assault on a female. Thornton, 20, received a deferred prosecution in Wake County court in August on that charge.

Doeren suspended Thornton in August and he missed the Wolfpack’s season opener.

On Thursday, Doeren suspended Thornton indefinitely. Jones had informed coaches he planned to transfer.

Thornton was one of the few bright spots for the Wolfpack this season. N.C. State closed the season with eight straight losses and a 3-9 record.

Thornton led the team with 768 rushing yards.

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