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In Florida, Kalvin Pearson Avoids Charges of Domestic Violence

Kalvin Pearson, formerly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received word from the Hillsborough County state attorney’s office on Monday that domestic violence charges against the player have been dropped.

Pearson was arrested on April 26 and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation. Both are considered felonies. He was later released on $500 bond.

According to reports, Pearson’s girlfriend was pregnant with his child and sat in a Chevy Trailblazer when Pearson began to choke her, grabbing the woman by her neck and hair. Though the domestic violence charges have been dropped, the 29-year-old will still be arraigned on September 8 for a misdemeanor charge of obstructing or opposing an officer without force.

Pearson played for the Buccaneers from 2005 to 2007. He appeared in all 16 games in 2007. As a free agent since March, he signed with the Detroit Lions.

Lions’ Kalvin Pearson avoids felony charges, CBC Sports, August 5, 2008

Florida charges against Lions’ Pearson dropped, Associated Press, August 4, 2008

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