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OL Johnson charged with violating restraining order

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Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:00 am

UF sophomore offensive lineman Carl Johnson was arrested Monday on charges of contempt of court for violating a restraining order, according to an Alachua County police report.

According to the report, Johnson was served with a temporary injunction for protection against sexual violence on Feb. 9, and he knowingly violated the order.

Johnson entered an RTS bus near Springs Residential Complex on Monday and sat across the aisle from the woman who filed the restraining order. He stayed on the bus until she exited at the HUB, according to the report.

The report said Johnson "was given several opportunities" to get off the bus at other stops.

Johnson was charged with a count of contempt of court, a first-degree misdemeanor, the report stated.

Johnson, who started eight games at left guard this season because of injuries to senior Jim Tartt, was booked at the Alachua County Jail at 1:21 p.m. Monday.

"We are aware of the report and we are in the process of gathering all of the details," UF spokesman Steve McClain said.

McClain said UF coach Urban Meyer is out of the country.

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