The hits keep coming for Oklahoma State freshman Devon Thomas.
Thomas, a running back in Oklahoma State’s 2014 class, was arrested and charged with burglary, robbery and shooting with intent to kill in late May. Now, via juvenile records released Tuesday, the Tulsa World is reporting that Thomas was suspended for four games in 2012 “after being charged in juvenile court with distribution of child pornography.”
Thomas, just prior to the beginning of his junior year of high school, showed friends videos he had recorded on his cell phone of himself having sex with a "girl under the age of 18," according to the records. Thomas was suspended for the first four games of his junior season for the child pornography charge, after having burst onto the scene with a breakout sophomore year for Broken Arrow in which he rushed for 22 touchdowns and more than 1,800 yards.
After receiving the charge in 2012, Thomas was ordered write a paper about the ordeal and meet with “an appropriate mentor in the community.” Three months later, Thomas’ counselor said that he was making “excellent progress” and had “complied with everything asked of him.”
The case was closed on March 14, 2013.
Thomas had another run-in with the law in July 2011 when he was accused of “assault and battery with a dangerous weapon,” but prosecutors declined to file a charge.
Thomas’ most recent run-in with law enforcement was the most severe. On May 27, the 18-year-old Thomas was among a group to rob the alleged victim of his shoes, clothes, money and marijuana. After being robbed, the victim told police that a shot was fired at his vehicle as he drove away from the scene. The bullet “entered the vehicle from behind, striking a headrest and narrowly missing the driver’s head.”
The victim identified Thomas as the one who had “brandished a firearm during the robbery.”
Thomas, who was bonded out of jail four days after being arrested, has reportedly denied the allegations.
Thomas, a Rivals three-star recruit, graduated from high school early and enrolled at Oklahoma State in January. He is rated as the 30th-best running back in the class of 2014 and the sixth-best prospect from Oklahoma, according to Rivals. He is still listed on the Cowboys’ roster.
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