By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
5:44 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
Domestic assault charges against high school basketball standout Aquille Carr will be dropped if he completes a 22-week program with the House of Ruth, his attorney said.
Carr, a senior and one of the better known names in high school basketball for his electrifying play, appeared in court Wednesday morning to stand trial on charges that he struck the mother of his child during an argument last month.
But prosecutors agreed to place the case on the inactive docket on the condition that he completes a program with the House of Ruth, according to his attorney, Ivan J. Bates. He must attend 22 sessions that last about 90 minutes each, Bates said.
If he does not complete the program, prosecutors have the option of reinstating the charges.
"He didn't get any special treatment," Bates said. "There were no injuries, and it was viewed as a mutual affray. I think both of them are very remorseful about the situation."
Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office, said it "would be inappropriate to comment on the facts" because the case could be revived.
"What I can say is that the House of Ruth's Gateway Project is a terrific program designed to hold participants accountable for their conduct and to teach them nonviolent relationship skills," Cheshire said in an email.
In court papers, police said Carr kicked and punched Treshonda Williams, 20, during an argument in the parking lot of a Southeast Baltimore trade school.
Carr, a 5-foot-6 point guard whose nickname is "Crimestopper," has verbally committed to Seton Hall. After his Aug. 18 arrest, Carr was dropped from a nationally televised showcase game in Venice Beach.
Carr is a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year and is expected to suit up for Patterson High School after attending a prep school in New Jersey.
Williams appeared in court for the hearing. Bates said going forward, Carr and Williams know that they must maintain a relationship.
"They're young kids with a young baby they'll have for the rest of their lives," Bates said.
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