Continuance in Carl Johnson case


Published: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 11:21 a.m.

The former girlfriend who obtained a temporary restraining order against Florida offensive tackle Carl Johnson was granted a continuance at a Monday morning hearing to determine whether the order should be lifted or made permanent.

Neither Johnson nor his former girlfriend appeared before Circuit Judge Robert P. Cates on Tuesday morning. The request for a continuance was made by attorney Dean Galigani, representing the petitioner.

Judge Cates granted the continuance, and the hearing now will take place April 7.

"It was agreed to. I should say it was unopposed," Galigani said. "I filed the continuance and Mr. Johnson (and his attorney, Huntley Johnson) wasn't opposed."

Galigani would not comment further on the case.

Johnson, a starting offensive tackle, was arrested last Feb. 16 on campus for violating the temporary restraining order that was issued on Feb. 9. According to the arrest report, Johnson, 21, got on a bus and sat across the aisle from his former girlfriend. He has several opportunities to get off the bus, but stayed and exited at the same stop (the campus hub) that the petitioner exited.

In the petition to obtain the temporary restraining order, Johnson's former girlfriend claimed he had date-raped her three times last fall and physically and emotionally abused her for months.

At this point, there have been no criminal charges brought against Johnson based on the petitioner's accusations. Johnson is facing a possible first-degree misdemeanor charge for violating the temporary restraining order.

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