Ex-Owl cleared by D.A.'s office Yohance Perry was charged with robbery in May. He has since left Temple's football team.

Posted: August 10, 2005

Yohance Perry, the Temple University football player who was arrested on May 6 and charged with robbery in an incident at an off-campus student residence, has been cleared by the District Attorney's Office.

Charges of robbery, conspiracy, theft, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person were dropped last month by city prosecutors, Cathy Abookire, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said yesterday.

Perry had earlier been found not responsible for the incident by a Temple disciplinary committee.

Perry and two other Owls players were accused by Temple student Jason Trayer of taking $1,800 that belonged to him in the early morning of May 5. Perry was the only one of the three to be arrested.

Temple chief information officer Mark Eyerly said that federal law prohibited him from commenting on whether anybody had been disciplined for the incident by the university.

Perry's father, Randy Perry, said that as a result of his son's arrest, his scholarship had been revoked and he was not allowed to take his final exams last spring.

"Yohance was falsely arrested, and there were so many things involved that it puzzled me," Randy Perry said. "We supported Temple. We were at every game and we made donations to the program. It was just a bad investigation."

Both Perrys said that Yohance would not be returning to Temple.

A 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman from Mount Vernon N.Y., Perry redshirted his freshman year, then started two games and played in five over the next three seasons. He played only in the Owls' season opener as a junior last season after aggravating a knee injury he sustained in preseason camp.

Perry signed on this week to play with the semi-pro Mount Vernon Wolverines of the Garden State Football League. The team has already played three games and Perry will suit up when the Wolverines take the field again on Saturday. He will not be paid by the Wolverines.

"A lot of things have been on my mind," said Perry, who is currently working as a Toyota salesman in Rockland, N.Y. "It was a trying time and things moved at such a slow pace. I should be in camp trying to help the team and getting ready for the 2005 season. I think my situation brought to light the attitude about me at Temple. But I can't leave the game because of that situation. I got a job, and I'm trying to make something of myself."

Perry said he would not attend college this year, but was looking at some Division I and I-AA schools for 2006.

"The NFL is a dream and I would still like to pursue it," Perry said. "But now I have an open mind and will seek other options. There is another route I'll have to take."

Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.

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