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May 23, 2012Sophomore tight end Cameron Clear has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Derek Dooley following his arrest Tuesday evening on a charge of felony theft.
The charge came from an incident Saturday, May 19th where the laptop owned by baseball player Jeffery Zajac was reported stolen.
According to police and court reports, Clear, who posted $2,500.00 bond late Tuesday night and was released, was in possession of that computer on Tuesday when the UT Police Department took him into custody.
It was discovered that Clear was in possession of the laptop after he used his UT id and password to log onto the University's wireless network with the computer. When authorities saw the location of the log in on campus which was outside gate 2 at Neyland Stadium, they went to retrive the laptop and saw it was Clear who was logged in and using the computer. Clear had just recently started a summer job on campus working on various facilities doing things like painting and cleaning.
"Upon my arrival, I saw Mr. Clear sitting with a silver MacBook in his lap," UT police Cpl. Ben Doty recounted in the narrative on the warrant report. "Once he saw the officers, he closed the laptop."
The investigation into the incident is still on-going according to UT authorities and Dooley said he is still gathering facts as well.
Unversity officials including the football program and athletics department have been investigating several thefts that have occurred at Gibbs Hall the last couple of months.
As a freshman, Clear played in all 12 games catching one pass for 4 yards.. He finished spring practice second on the depth chart behind starter Mychal Rivera.