Ex-UGA football player faces sex charge




ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student and former Bulldogs football player was arrested this week in an alleged sexual assault.

Jamal James Payette, 22, was charged Monday with aggravated sexual battery following a woman’s complaint that he assaulted her at her east Athens residence earlier that same day, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The charge is a felony offense that carries a prison sentence of 25 years to life if an alleged offender is convicted.

A White County High School graduate, Payette was a walk-on who may never have played a game with the Bulldogs. There are no available game statistics for the former wide receiver.

Payette was listed as a member of the Bulldog’s 2012 scout team. The year before he earned the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction.

UGA websites say Payette hails from Cleveland, Ga., majors in finance and works as a clerk at UGA’s Performing Arts Center.

He is being held without bail at the Clarke County Jail.



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