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KU’s Carlton Bragg reaches diversion agreement in municipal drug paraphernalia case

Carlton Bragg
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Kansas sophomore basketball player Carlton Bragg, who had been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in City of Lawrence Municipal Court, entered into a diversion agreement Wednesday, according to the court clerk. No further details about the diversion were available.

Information on the municipal court website states individuals who complete the terms of a diversion agreement will have the charges against them dismissed. The city’s diversion application states the standard length of a diversion agreement is one year.

The drug paraphernalia charge against Bragg, 21, was entered in municipal court Monday. He was not scheduled to make his first court appearance until March 3. The Star left a message with Bragg’s attorney, Hatem Chahine, seeking comment.

Bragg was indefinitely suspended from competition Thursday night by KU coach Bill Self for an undisclosed team rules violation. Bragg missed Saturday’s game at Kentucky and Wednesday night’s against Baylor. After the game, Self said Bragg remained indefinitely suspended.

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self spoke briefly Monday, January 30, about the suspension of sophomore Carlton Bragg. Self said Bragg will not play against Baylor Wednesday night.

According to University of Kansas police, two glass smoking devices with residue were seized from McCarthy Hall in a search that was made following a reported rape in December at the dorm, where the men’s basketball team and other male students live. KU police said in a news release Friday morning that “there is no indication that the drug paraphernalia is related to the sexual assault case.”

According to a Lawrence city ordinance, possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor that can be punished by a fine up to $2,500 and one year in jail.

A KU police investigation remains open into the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl and two other crimes, contributing to a child’s misconduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor, which allegedly occurred between 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. Dec. 18 at McCarthy.

Police have not released any information about a suspect in those three offenses, including whether the suspect resides at McCarthy or attends KU.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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