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Report: UM's Frank Clark had violent confrontation with girlfriend

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan senior defensive end Frank Clark has been jailed in Erie County (Ohio) on a domestic violence allegation Sunday, according to jail records.

Clark was booked Sunday after the arrest by the Perkins Township police department. He is from Cleveland.

The Sandusky (Ohio) Register reported Sunday night that Clark faces two misdemeanor assault charges against his girlfriend, and that he is scheduled for a hearing Monday at 9 a.m. in Sandusky Municipal Court.

The Register also reported details of the police report that it obtained through a public records request.

The Register says the following details of the Saturday encounter between Clark and his girlfriend are in the 21-page police report:

* The confrontation took place at the Maui Sands Resort in Sandusky.

* Clark's girlfriend told Perkins police Officer Martin Curran that Clark punched her in the face.

* The brother of Clark's girlfriend told police that he saw Clark grab his girlfriend by the neck and slam her to the ground.

* The girlfriend said Clark pinned her to the bed, and she bit his nose in an attempt to escape.

* A person in adjoining room called the hotel front desk and reported that it "sounded like a head was being bounced off the wall" in Clark's room.

- Clark had left the room when police arrived about 10:30 p.m. Clark reportedly told Curran, "I didn't touch that woman. She is a woman," according to the Register's story on the police report.

* The girlfriend had a large welt and blood on her face, but refused to go to a hospital for treatment and did not want to pursue charges against Clark.

"I advised (the girlfriend) in Ohio when a domestic violence victim does not want to pursue a criminal charge against the offender, and there are signs of physical violence, we are guided by law to charge that offender with domestic violence," Curran wrote in her report, according to the Register.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke issued the following statement Sunday:

"We are aware of the report involving Frank Clark. I have not spoken with Frank but will at the appropriate time. We will respect the legal process and make any decisions once we have the facts."

In Ohio, a conviction for the first-degree misdemeanor could carry up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.

Clark is a senior and is considered a team leader. He appeared with fifth-year senior quarterback Devin Gardner last Wednesday as fill-ins for Hoke on Hoke's weekly radio show.

Michigan did not have a game this weekend.

Two years ago, Clark pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree home invasion charge. He had stolen a laptop from another student's dorm room that June and was suspended for Michigan's season opener that season.

He was sentenced in November 2012 under the Holmes Youthful Training Act because he was under 21, and the conviction was to be removed from his record if he fulfilled a year of probation.

Michigan players have been involved in a number of incidents in the last year.

Starting offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was suspended for part of spring practice and the season opener after his arrest on a drunk-driving charge in March. In July he pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.

Former wide receiver Csont'e York was kicked off the team before this season after Ann Arbor police released a video of York punching a man outside a bar in July.

York pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor assault convictions.

After the Michigan-Ohio State game last season, former offensive lineman Taylor Lewan was charged with three counts of assault for an incident in the hours after the game. Lewan pleaded guilty to two lesser misdemeanor charges on Oct. 30.

And more recently, tight end Jake Butt was suspended for the Indiana for a "violation of team expectations."