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Penn State DT violates sexual misconduct regulation

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State has expelled defensive
tackle Ed Johnson for the summer and fall semesters, saying Friday
that he violated a university regulation about sexual misconduct.

The school also said Johnson violated the university's Code of
Conduct about "confining another student against their will.''

No charges have been filed, according to campus and State
College police.

Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said he could not release
additional information about the incident, which occurred in
on-campus housing during the spring semester, because of federal
privacy guidelines.

Johnson would be eligible to return next spring if he meets
school and team conditions, Nelson said. He had already been
suspended since March and missed spring practice while awaiting the
ruling.

Reached by phone at Johnson's home in Detroit, a woman who said
she was his grandmother said the 21-year-old senior was not
available. An e-mail message sent to Johnson seeking comment was
not immediately returned.

"We regret that any of our players would put themselves in a
situation that might endanger others,'' coach Joe Paterno said in a
statement. "Our players understand that they face team
consequences beyond university sanctions and like all students must
realize how at risk they are with inappropriate actions.''

Johnson started three games last year and had been counted on to
be a key contributor on the defensive line this fall.