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Illinois freshman linebacker Julian Jones charged with aggravated sexual battery, suspended indefinitely from football program

The freshman linebacker has played in eight games this year.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (11/12/15): Jones was charged with aggravated sexual battery during his court appearance on Thursday afternoon. He will be extradited back to Georgia.

UPDATE (9:00PM): According to Jeremy Werner, Jones was booked in Champaign County Jail on Wednesday for a charge of "fugitive from justice." He also stated that Jones has a scheduled court date at 1:30pm on Thursday for criminal arraignment.


According to a press release from the Illinois athletic department, freshman linebacker Julian Jones has been indefinitely suspended from the football team. Jones was apparently involved in an alleged crime that took place in his home state of Georgia during the team's October 16-18 bye weekend.

The University will not be commenting further on the matter.

Jones, who was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, has recorded three tackles in eight games this season while primarily taking the field with the kickoff coverage unit.

We'll make sure to keep you updated on this situation as it develops.