Aaron Thompson/Special to the Home News
Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 11:02 a.m.
Former Bishop Gorman football star Justin Chaisson did not appear in front of Judge Eric Goodman Thursday morning in Clark County District Court for a protective order hearing.
But the presence of Chaisson's lawyer, Michael Cristalli, was all the University of Oklahoma football recruit needed to avoid a misdemeanor charge of violating a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend.
When no representative for the plaintiff showed in the courtroom, Judge Goodman dismissed the case.
"It's dissolved, that's it," Cristalli said while exiting the courtroom.
Chaisson's 17-year-old ex-girlfriend successfully obtained a restraining order against the 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive end on March 16, according to court spokesman Michael Sommemeyer.
Chaisson was arrested the next day and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for three felonies and two misdemeanors after allegedly forcing his ex-girlfriend into his car and threatening to kill her with a screwdriver, according to a Las Vegas police report. He was released that same day on $30,000 bail.
Chaisson, who was ranked the fifth best strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, will next appear in court on Apr. 29 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Melissa Saragosa in Las Vegas Justice Court Department 4.
He faces three felony charges including assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and coercion. He also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment and multiple counts of misdemeanor battery.
Oklahoma has yet to comment on the status of Chaisson's scholarship with the football team.
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