The San Luis Obispo courts are the first step in the justice process for a group of five Cal Poly football players.The men all face armed robbery related charges in connection with an incident at a fraternity house.
Late last week the San Luis Obispo district attorney filed charges against the football players for the August 10th attempted robbery at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house near campus.
On Monday the five players appeared in court with their attorneys, for arraignment. The judge continued the hearing their defense attorneys requested more time.
The players are facing 12 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit a crime to resisting arrest by threat and violence, and a special gun enhancement, for their involvement in the attempted armed robbery.
Cal poly administrators said they can't comment on the players status as students but they said all five men remain suspended from the football team indefinitely.
Following the arraignment on Mondays Cal Poly president, Jeffrey D. Armstrong, released this statement:
Cal Poly continues to work cooperatively both with police as the investigation into the Aug. 10 robbery continues and with prosecutors as the charges connected to this incident are adjudicated.
Moving forward, we are providing support to the victims in the incident, and we are discussing how best to proceed with our efforts to maintain the health and safety of our campus community.
I want to reiterate that Cal Poly absolutely will not tolerate illegal drug use and violent, criminal behavior. They run counter to the Mustang Way and the character and integrity we expect of all members of our campus community. They also conflict with our commitment to promote the well-being of all of our students.
We remain committed to commissioning our own independent investigation once the criminal probe into the Aug. 10 incident ends. And as always, the university will regularly review all student-conduct policies and procedures and constantly look for ways to enhance its education and support programs for students.
Cal Poly administrators, faculty and staff understand the gravity of our role as stewards and teachers of our students. Student success is our primary mission. That success begins and ends with students’ ability to make choices that will maintain both their own health and welfare and that of their community.
The arraignment hearing is continued to Monday September 15.