Oregon Ducks defensive back Troy Hill arrested for assault

Oregon Ducks defensive back Troy Hill arrested for assault
December 16, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Oregon defensive back Troy Hill.

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Oregon junior defensive back Troy Hill was arrested Friday by Eugene Police on allegations of menacing and fourth-degree assault including strangulation.

Hill was arraigned today in Lane County Circuit Court on misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief.

Patricia Perlow, Chief Deputy District Attorney of Lane County, said a not-guilty plea was entered.

Hill’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 21. He has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities.

“We are aware of the incident and charges involving Troy Hill and he is suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said through an Oregon spokesperson. "We expect every member of our program to hold themselves to a high standard of conduct and to represent this University with class, pride and integrity.  We will wait until the legal process has concluded before making any final determination of Troy Hill's status.”

Hill’s case was found among the in-custody arraignment listings indicating that he spent at least the weekend in jail.

The list of charges against the 5-foot-11, 168-pound Hill from Youngstown, Ohio, listed the fourth-degree assault and strangulation charges as felonies. But he was ultimately charged in court with misdemeanors.

Both Perlow and Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said they could not release additional details regarding the incident that led to Hill’s arrest at 8:29 p.m. Friday.

Hill appeared in 11 games this season missing only the Civil War due to suspension for violating team rules.

He has 21 tackles, four pass breakups and a forced fumble on the season.

Hill became the second player from this season to be arrested. Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested on drug charges on Oct. 23 a couple of weeks after leaving the team.

No. 10 Oregon (10-2) returned to the practice field on Saturday to begin preparing for the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl against Texas (8-4).