UGA football player arrested on domestic violence charge - CBS46 News

UGA football player arrested on domestic violence charge

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Jonathan Taylor (Courtesy: Athens-Clarke County Jail) Jonathan Taylor (Courtesy: Athens-Clarke County Jail)

A defensive lineman for the University of Georgia football team was arrested Tuesday morning.

According jail records, 20-year-old Jonathan Taylor from Millen, GA, was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m.

Taylor is charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence, a felony charge.

UGA's police chief says the charges came from a third-party complaint saying Taylor strangled his girlfriend during an argument early Tuesday morning.

An officer told CBS46 a woman called police to say her friend had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Taylor. Police came to the dorm on the campus and talked to the friend and the victim. Officers say they saw visible signs of injury on the victim's neck.

The victim told police she got into an argument with her boyfriend Taylor, and it escalated to violence.

Taylor was charged with a felony for allegedly choking the woman under a new law that went into effect July 1, upgrading the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony assault.

He is the first person UGA police have charged under this new law.

This is the second time Taylor was arrested this year. In March, he was one of four UGA players charged with theft by deception.

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