Police: Florida recruiting assistant threatened to 'blow up' ex's car

Florida Gator seat backs sit in the stands of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before an NCAA college football game against North Texas in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Otis Yelverton, a Florida recruiting staff member, is facing a felony charge. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A Florida recruiting staffer was arrested Monday morning on a felony stalking charge.

Otis Yelverton, the Gators’ assistant director of player personnel, has been charged with aggravated stalking in Alachua County, Florida. According to court records, Yelverton was deemed a “credible threat” to another person.

According to Florida Statutes, the particular charge Yelverton is facing is given to a person who “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person and makes a credible threat to that person.”

Per, Yelverton is accused of harassing a woman he previously dated until a recent breakup. In the aftermath of the breakup, police say he made calls and sent texts and Facebook messages, including threatening to “blow up” the woman’s car in an April 21 voicemail. Per a police report, Yelverton used “vulgarities” and “demeaning language” that made the woman fearful he would be violent toward her.

Yelverton, who was brought to UF by head coach Dan Mullen last year, has been placed on leave by the university. Yelverton remains in custody. No bond has been set.

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