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Friday, January 30, 2004
by Will Stewart,

Marcus Vick Under Investigation

Blacksburg town police searched the apartment of Marcus Vick Thursday, searching for evidence related to a possible charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two teenage girls allege that Vick had intercourse with their 15-year-old friend after the three of them had been drinking liquor with Vick.

According to published reports, the two girls, 14 and 15 years old, said that they had rum and vodka to drink and posed for pictures as they "danced and stripped." The pictures were taken by one of Vick's roommates. Vick shares the apartment with two other football players. The two girls said that Vick took their 15-year-old friend into the bedroom and had sex with her.

The police searched Vick's apartment for liquor bottles, a digital camera, and bed clothes, among other items.

Vick has not yet been charged with anything. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under the terms of Tech's 1997 Comprehensive Action Plan, which covers student-athlete behavior:

Any student-athlete who is arrested, charged and/or convicted of a misdemeanor charge (other than gambling or game fixing which are addressed above and other than minor traffic infractions) will be subject to a review process. The Athletic Director will review the charges and all the surrounding circumstances. The Athletic Director may then impose sanctions ... Sanctions imposed by the Athletic Director can include, but shall not be limited to:

A. Warning
B. Probation
C. Restricted use of athletic services or facilities
D. Suspension from play and/or practice for a stated period of time
E. Dismissal from the team (only available for a conviction or if the student-athlete pleads guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor). In the event of dismissal from the team, the student-athlete shall retain her/his grant-in-aid for the balance of the academic year. The Athletic Department shall recommend to the Scholarship Committee in the Virginia Tech Office of Financial Aid that the grant-in-aid not be renewed for any succeeding academic years.

Vick, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season, played in 11 of Tech's 13 games last year and threw for 475 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions. In Tech's Insight Bowl game against California, he caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.


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