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Former Boise State football player Dereck Boles charged with biting off part of teammate’s ear

Boise State defenders Kamalei Correa (8) and Dereck Boles react after BYU scored the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds on the clock Sept. 12, 2015 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.
Boise State defenders Kamalei Correa (8) and Dereck Boles react after BYU scored the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds on the clock Sept. 12, 2015 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

Dereck Boles, a former Boise State defensive tackle who was kicked off the team Feb. 27, was arrested earlier this month in Florida after an arrest warrant was issued by Ada County.

Boles was charged by the Boise Police Department for felony mayhem after a Feb. 12 incident in which he allegedly was in a physical altercation with another male at an East End residence, biting him on the ear and tearing a portion of it off. The man who was allegedly bitten was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. A Boise State source said he is a current player on the team.

A warrant was issued April 4 for Boles, and he was arrested May 9 in Polk County, Fla., where he resides. The warrant has a $75,000 bond. Polk County records show Boles was released Sunday and is expected to arrive soon in Idaho to await trial.

According to Idaho statutes, mayhem is defined as “Every person who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures or renders it useless, or cuts out or disables the tongue, puts out an eye, slits the nose, ear or lip, is guilty of mayhem.” The maximum punishment is 14 years in state prison.

Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said in a statement: “Our coaches hold our student-athletes to high standards as representatives of our teams, the University and the community. We educate student-athletes to make good decisions and treat all people with dignity and respect. This is part of our culture, and those who do not meet these standards will face consequences for their actions, including potentially losing the opportunity to compete for Boise State.”

The reported incident occurred almost exactly a year after a fight between Boise State receiver Rick Smith and running back Jack Fields on Feb. 9, 2015. Smith sustained injuries and initially intended to press charges, then declined, at which point the Ada County prosecutor opted to not pursue charges either. Smith was dismissed from the team in October, while Fields rushed nine times for 31 yards last season as a senior.

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