Marcus Vick faces four misdemeanor counts

Updated: February 18, 2004, 3:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was arrested Tuesday and accused of serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Vick, the 19-year-old brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Hokies star Michael Vick, faces four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He's free on a $2,500 bond.

He could face up to four years in jail.

Vick's roommates, Hokies tailback Mike Imoh and wide receiver Brenden Hill, were charged with three misdemeanors for allegedly serving the girls alcohol last month. Both also were arrested Tuesday and released after posting the same bond, authorities said.

The charges stem from a gathering at the apartment the players share.

According to an affidavit, the girls told police they were given vodka and rum to drink while at the apartment on Jan. 27, and that a roommate of Vick took pictures of them as they "danced and stripped from their clothing." At some point, the affidavit said, two girls claimed Vick had sex with their 15-year-old friend in his bedroom.

State law allows a person who has consensual sex with a child 15 or older to be charged with a misdemeanor. Convictions for contributing to the delinquency of a minor are punishable by a maximum of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine for each count.

There also could be sanctions from the university.

Under the school's Comprehensive Action Plan governing the conduct of its athletes, players are not automatically suspended from a team for misdemeanor charges. But a conviction would trigger a review by athletic director Jim Weaver.

He would determine the severity of the sanctions to be levied against the athlete, ranging from suspension for a given time to dismissal from the team.

Weaver said Tuesday night he plans to let the case run its legal course.

"I'm going to operate within the guidelines of the Comprehensive Action Plan," he said when reached at home by The Roanoke Times. "I'm not commenting before the legal system takes its action."

Vick's attorney, Marc Long, and Imoh's attorney, Christopher Tuck, declined comment. Hill has no attorney of record.

Vick, a redshirt freshman last season, saw extensive playing time in the second half of the season, sharing duties with starting quarterback Bryan Randall. Hokies coach Frank Beamer planned to use both quarterbacks again next season.

Imoh, a junior, was one of the nation's top kick returners. Hill, a redshirt sophomore, was a high school teammate of Vick's.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press