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March 12, 2013

Cayleb Jones charged with aggravated assault

Texas receiver Cayleb Jones has been charged with aggravated assault - a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison - after throwing a punch and fracturing the jaw of Texas sophomore tennis player Joey Swaysland at a bar on East Sixth Street at 1:50 am on Feb. 22, according to Austin Police Department Corporal Anthony Hipolito.

According to the police, Jones saw Swaysland talking to Texas sophomore volleyball player Katherine Bell, someone Jones had dated in the past, became angry and punched Swaysland, who did not see the punch coming.

Swaysland, an international student from Australia, has been sidelined from the Texas tennis team after having surgery to repair his fractured jaw.

Bell, who goes by Khat, was a key contributor on Texas' national championship team this year.

Bell told police her relationship with Jones ended on bad terms and that he had been jealous ever since and has anger issues, according to the police report.

After the incident, according to the police report, both Jones and Bell went to Texas football strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie for advice. Wylie gave a sworn statement to police that Jones admitted to punching Swaysland.

In Wylie's statement, he told Jones to talk to his family and to obtain an attorney, the police report said. Wylie told Bell to talk to her coach (Jerritt Elliott), the report said.

UT football coach Mack Brown said in a statement, "We are aware of Cayleb's situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process."

Jones (6-3, 200) saw action as a freshman in 10 games, catching two passes for 35 yards. Coaches had been talking about him during spring football as a receiver who was stepping up and could be a factor in Texas' new spread offense in 2013.

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