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July 25, 2018: Former Student Athlete Charged with Felony Domestic Violence

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

An 18-year-old man who played as a wide receiver for the University of Southern California has been charged with attacking his girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Joseph Freeman Lewis IV (dob 11/22/99) faces one felony count of injuring a spouse, cohabitant, girlfriend or child’s parent after a prior domestic violence conviction.

Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charge on July 20 and is scheduled back in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 2 in Dept. 33 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Case BA469776 was filed on July 20.

The defendant allegedly punched, scratched and strangled the victim during a dispute on July 18, prosecutors said.

Deputy District Attorney Colby Cano of the Family Violence Division is assigned to the case.

If convicted as charged, Lewis faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in state prison. Bail is set at $100,000.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, 77th Division.