USC receiver Joseph Lewis IV arrested on domestic violence allegation
By Joey Kaufman
USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV was arrested Monday on suspicion of domestic violence, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez told the Southern California News Group.
Online jail records show Lewis, 19, was booked at the department’s 77th Street Division station Monday evening on a class F felony count and held on $50,000 bail. He had not be released as of 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Officers first arrested Lewis at 2 p.m. Monday.
Lopez declined to provide details about the incident or information about the accuser.
LAPD said earlier Monday that it had opened an investigation into an alleged incident of domestic violence involving an unnamed USC student-athlete that occurred early Sunday morning.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is expected to receive the case Tuesday.
Violation of the California Penal Code section 273.5 can carry a punishment from a $6,000 fine to four years in state prison.
A USC athletic department spokesman said Lewis had been suspended from all team activities in the aftermath of his arrest.
“USC takes all reports of domestic abuse seriously and is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation,” a school statement read. “While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student has been suspended from all football-related activities. Student disciplinary records and student conduct proceedings are confidential at USC and protected by law.”
Lewis arrived at USC as a highly recruited five-star prospect from nearby Hawkins High, less than three miles south of its University Park campus. As a freshman last season, Lewis caught four passes for 39 yards and appeared in 11 games, often on special teams.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver was expected to see a more significant role as a sophomore in 2018 following the departures of leading receivers Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell.