Chris Rainey arrested: Gators player and former Lakeland star charged with aggravated stalking, woman wants charges dropped
Gainesville, Florida — Florida starting wide receiver Chris Rainey was charged with aggravated stalking, a third degree felony, and taken to the Alachua County jail at 3:17 a.m. today for allegedly sending a threatening text message to a woman he has dated in the past.
Rainey made first appearance this morning, however, and the woman involved said it was a misunderstanding and asked for the charges to be dropped.
“I did not want to have him arrested last night. When the police came, I signed papers to not press any charges,” said Kelly Anderson, the woman in the case, at first appearance. “I don’t fear for my safety. I think he should be released on his own recognizance.”
Her sister, Lauren Anderson, was the one who called the police. she said she only called them to defuse the situation. she said she told the police when she called, “This is not an emergency.”
Rainey was released on his own recognizance. He cannot have contact with Anderson and he has a 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. curfew except school or work related issues.
Kelly Anderson said he was more concerned about retribution from the public and said the incident was being blown up in the media. she said she has already received threatening calls on her cell phone.
Gainesville state attorney bill Cervone said immediate action will not be taken in the case.
“We will look at the case and the circumstances involved and make a decision as to what charges, if any, are appropriate to pursue as quickly as possible but no decision is going to be made this week,” Cervone told our news partners at Florida Today. Gainesville Police questioned the redshirt junior from Lakeland about sending a text to the woman which allegedly said, “Time to die” after visiting the woman’s home and being told to leave. Police visited Rainey’s apartment a short time later and arrested him.
Rainey suffered a concussion in last week’s 38-14 win against South Florida but Gators coach Urban Meyer said Monday he expected him to play in this Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game at Tennessee.
UF officials did not immediately offer comment.
Rainey came into the season with 1,237 career rushing yards but was moved to a receiver position to help make up for the departure of most of UF’s top pass-catching weapons from a year ago.
He had a team-high six catches for 34 yards in the season-opening 34-12 win against Miami (Ohio) but left last Saturday’s game with just one rush for 15 yards after getting hurt.
David Jones, Florida Today
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