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Bradley Roby has disorderly conduct charge conditionally dropped

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Daniel Chi / For The Lantern Then-redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby returns a kick during a game against Michigan on Nov. 24, 2012 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 26-21.

Daniel Chi / For The Lantern
Then-redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby returns a kick during a game against Michigan on Nov. 24, 2012 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 26-21.

The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge filed against Ohio State football player Bradley Roby in Bloomington, Ind., was dropped Wednesday, an OSU spokesman confirmed.

The redshirt junior cornerback was arrested on July 21 outside a Bloomington bar and initially charged with misdemeanor battery. The charge was downgraded to disorderly conduct last Friday before being dismissed Wednesday.

As a condition of the charge’s dismissal, Roby agreed to a pretrial diversion program that requires him to avoid legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014. A pretrial conference that was originally scheduled for Aug. 26 was canceled with the dismissal of the charges, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Bloomington Police declined The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday. The Monroe County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.

Roby was suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener versus Buffalo on Aug. 31, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Saturday. Although Roby’s charge was lowered, Meyer said Saturday that Roby would be suspended for one game “just because there is an issue.”

Meyer said Saturday that he would make a further determination on whether to suspend Roby for additional games as he received more information.

Roby led the nation with 1.73 passes defended per game last season (19 total pass breakups in 11 games). As a result, he was named a second-team AP All-American and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back. He has been named to preseason watch lists for the Thorpe Award, Walter Camp Award, Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award.

Should Roby’s suspension remain at one game, he will be expected to make his debut for the Buckeyes on Sept. 7 versus San Diego State at Ohio Stadium.

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