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Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Tuesday that university officials counsel athletes about photos like these circulating online showing Iowa football players Dominique Douglas, Anthony Bowman — both 19-year-olds — and backup quarterback Arvell Nelson, 18, with large amounts of money and liquor bottles.

Credit-card investigation continues
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Tuesday she had no immediate plans to treat the credit case involving two Iowa football players as a federal matter.

Police arrested now-suspended wide receivers Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman on Sunday, charging them with unauthorized use of credit cards.

Federal investigators could look into the matter if requested by Lyness, based on a U.S. statute governing purchases made for $1,000 or more with a fraudulent credit card. The charge at the state level is a Class D felony under the Iowa Code, punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine up to $7,500.

If convicted federally, the penalty could result in a jail term up to 10 years, and a fine up to $250,000.
“At this point, only state charges have been filed,” Lyness said.

Chuck Green, University of Iowa public safety director, says his office’s investigation is not complete.

Other people could be involved, according to Green. He would not say whether that could include other athletes.

Douglas and Bowman were suspended according to the University of Iowa’s Code of Conduct for students that was rewritten in 2005. The charges are classified as Category I misconduct. Punishment can include suspension and loss of financial aid.

Associate athletic director Fred Mims said the suspension is the first Category I violation at Iowa since the code was rewritten after basketball star Pierre Pierce was arrested in 2005. Pierce was originally charged with first-degree burglary and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse causing injury in 2005 — but later pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

If convicted, records indicate Douglas and Bowman will be the first Hawkeye athletes with felony charges in at least a decade.

— Randy Peterson

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Backup quarterback Nelson posts bond
Iowa backup quarterback Arvell Nelson posted $545 cash bond Tuesday afternoon at the Johnson County Jail after failing to appear in court on a driving-related charge, Johnson County officials said.

Iowa City police issued an arrest warrant for Nelson last Thursday for failure to appear in court.

Nelson was charged on July 2 with driving while his license was suspended in downtown Iowa City. He also was fined $390 for not having insurance and ordered to appear in court on July 31.

Nelson played in Saturday's scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium. The redshirt freshman is listed as the Hawkeyes' No. 2 quarterback.

- Mason Kerns

Tell us: Thoughts on suspended players
What discipline do you think suspended Iowa football players Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman should face following arrests on suspicion of unauthorized use of credit cards?

• None: They haven’t been convicted of anything
• Suspended for multiple games for bad judgment
• Kicked off the team, if convicted, because of seriousness of felony charges
• Sit out the season, if convicted
• None of the above

Vote, leave comments at DesMoinesRegister.com/HawkeyeInsider


Barta reacts to Web images of Hawkeye players


August 22, 2007

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