Standout athlete charged with domestic battery
KANKAKEE — Jason L. Bargy, a former member of the Momence High School football team, was arrested by Kankakee County Sheriff’s police for domestic battery to his girlfriend on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Bargy had verbally committed to play football at the University of Minnesota last May.
According to a story on the St. Paul Pioneer Press website, the university and Bargy parted ways on Monday. A source told reporter Andy Greder there were issues with Bargy’s commitment to play college football.
“Per NCAA rules, I can only comment if we are or are not recruiting an individual. We are not recruiting this individual,” said Paul Rovnak, Assistant Athletic Director of Communications for Minnesota.
On Sunday, sheriff’s police were called to a home at 1948 S. 14000E Road in Pembroke Township at about 10:31 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. The 911 call was placed by Bargy’s father.
Reading from a police report, Prosecutor Erika Hamer said the victim told deputies she awoke to find Bargy performing a sexual act.
He became upset by her reaction. She got out of bed and went into a bathroom. Bargy threw her stuff on the floor, telling her she could sleep there.
The victim was attempting to leave when Bargy followed. She asked why he was following her.
He yelled at her and shoved her to the ground. Bargy then punched her in the face.
The victim was able to get away. She took a pocket knife out of her jeans pocket and threw it toward Bargy. She then picked up a brick and held it as she backed away from him.
Bargy’s father was shielding the victim when deputies arrived.
According to the report, she had a swollen eye, bloody nose and bloody lip.
Hamer said the misdemeanor would be upgraded to felony based on results of a hospital report that showed the victim suffered a broken orbital bone and a fractured vertebra in her neck.
Judge Clark Erickson set Bargy’s bond at $50,000. Bargy is to have no contact with the victim. His next court date is Dec. 5.
He was considered one of the top defensive linemen in the state by several publications. The 6-foot-4-inch, 255-pound Bargy played defensive end.
In the season opener against Herscher, Bargy suffered an ankle injury. He did not play another game.
A phone message was left with Momence Coach Wayne Walker.