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LSU Safety Suspended After Arrest

March 19, 1998

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Defensive back Clarence LeBlanc, suspended indefinitely from the LSU football team, will appear in state district court to answer charges that he followed and pushed a female student.

LeBlanc was booked early Monday with one count of simple battery.

LSU police received a complaint at 12:15 a.m. Monday from a female student who said LeBlanc followed her, LSU Police Capt. Ricky Adams said. He would not release the woman’s name.

When officers arrived at Graham Hall, the woman said LeBlanc had followed her into the dormitory and pushed her twice. A witness corroborated her story and LeBlanc was arrested, issued a misdemeanor summons and released.

The woman was not injured, Adams said. He said LeBlanc cooperated with the arresting officers.

LeBlanc, a sophomore, will be required to appear in state district court at a future date.

Coach Gerry DiNardo, who suspended LeBlanc, would not comment on the player’s arrest, but referred to the suspension at a Tuesday press conference previewing spring practice.

``To me, it’s a sign we still have some work to do off the field,″ DiNardo said. ``It’s also a sign that we’ll never compromise our principles and philosophies off the field for benefit on the field, even as we are approaching being competitive for a championship. It still will not be at any cost.″