Houston comments on Skinner arrest
By GEOFF STOUTE
If allegations of carnal knowledge of a juvenile levied against University of Houston signee Deondre Skinner are true, he will not be allowed to be a member of the university’s football team, an athletic department official told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday.
Skinner, 19, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he surrendered at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Sumpter Williams Substation in Morgan City, Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Traci Landry said.
According to a report from Sheriff Mark Hebert, the arrest was made after the agency determined through an investigation of an ungovernable juvenile/carnal knowledge of a juvenile complaint, that Skinner had sex with a 14-year-old female juvenile on multiple occasions at a residence in Patterson.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bail.
In a story posted on the Houston Chronicle’s website Wednesday, the university said in a statement that “we are aware of the situation and are currently gathering details. The University of Houston Department of Athletics takes these allegations very seriously and would never condone acts like these if true. Until we are able to gather more information we will offer no further comment.”
An athletic department official told the newspaper that Skinner would not be a part of the team if the allegations were true.
When reached Thursday for comment, Patterson head football coach Tommy Minton said, “I can’t comment on it. It’s a pending investigation. It’s a criminal case. … I know he’s going to have to get it resolved, and if it gets resolved, he’ll be able to go to Houston and play. If it doesn’t get resolved, if it’s something he’s convicted on, then of course he won’t be able to go play.”
Minton said Skinner had been in school Wednesday and Thursday.
It was unclear if Skinner had an attorney.
Skinner, a four-year starter at tight end, had committed to the University of Arkansas before his senior season. He said at his signing that he opened up his recruitment after he never heard back from new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, who had replaced coach Bobby Petrino after Petrino was fired.