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South Carolina defensive back Javon Charleston talks to teammates on the bench with teammates during the Spring Game at Williams Brice Stadium on March 31, in Columbia. 

COLUMBIA — A defensive back at South Carolina was suspended due to his arrest this week on assault and burglary charges after police say he broke into a women's West Columbia house and grabbed her by the neck. 

Javon Charleston, a redshirt junior from Illinois, was arrested Sunday, according to a report from the Lexington Sheriff's Department. He has been released on a $50,000 bond, said his attorney, who declined further comment.

The 19-year-old victim said Charleston appeared at the foot of her bed after she did not answer his text messages while she was on a date, according to the police report. The woman who was in bed with another man told Charleston to leave but he returned. Charleston told police he broke open a door. 

The woman said she tried to run but Charleston grabbed her by the neck and called her a "dirty slut," the police report says. He took her phone and then pushed her down some stairs.

Charleston, 22, was arrested while sitting in a black Jeep near the woman's home, authorities said. He told police he wanted to check on the woman because he thought she was drunk after she failed to respond to his texts. 

Charleston was suspended from all team activities after his arrest, a standard practice by the athletic department. The Gamecocks are still gathering information, athletics department spokesman Steve Fink said.

A young woman claiming to be the female in the incident report Tweeted that Charleston never hit her or threatened to harm her, which contradicts the police report that stated her account. The victim's name was redacted in the incident report. 

Charleston was a walk-on who went to high school in Gurnee, Ill. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound role player earned a scholarship last year.

He switched back and forth from offense to defense before sticking at defensive back. His main contributions have been on special teams for the Gamecocks, where he received awards for being unselfish and tenacious last year.

Charleston recovered four fumbles last year, two from the opponent and two from USC, and led the squad with six tackles on special teams. He was expected to be a special-teams leader and perhaps earn major snaps at DB this season.

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Andy Shain runs The Post and Courier's team based in South Carolina's capital city. He was editor of Free Times and has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Charlotte, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.

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