The State Attorney’s Office has elected not to file charges against former University of Florida football assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton, who was arrested in April for aggravated stalking.
“There’s just not enough (evidence) to warrant a criminal prosecution,” State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday. “In the context of two people who were having an acrimonious breakup, the one statement that is being pointed at as threatening does not rise to the level of a credible or serious threat that would warrant the prosecution.”
Yelverton was arrested April 22 by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony.
According to the ACSO arrest report, Yelverton had been harassing a woman he had been dating for more than a year before the two broke up on April 14.
According to the report, Yelverton harassed the woman, contacting her more than 40 times via phone calls, texts and Facebook messaging. He also allegedly threatened to blow up her car in a voicemail.
“Today, I am vindicated,” Yelverton said in a statement released by his lawyer. “This matter was about two people that cared for each other, struggling over a period of time with the dissolution of our relationship. In that process, hurtful words were exchanged. While not a crime, I deeply regret using hurtful language and am committed to being more mindful of the things I say and the context in which I say them. I already have begun seeing a counselor to help me better handle such difficult personal situations.”
At the time of his arrest, Yelverton was placed on leave by UF. The University Athletic Association terminated his employment May 29.