Former wrestling champion allowed back at school after assault charges dropped

Patrick Downey III still faces trial in Baltimore on assault charges in other incidents

March 29, 2011|Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

Patrick Downey III returned to North County High School in Glen Burnie Tuesday, days after prosecutors in Anne Arundel County dropped charges against the two-time former state wrestling champion.

The decision Monday by school and county administrators to reinstate Downey came after the State's Attorney decided not to pursue charges of second-degree assault, robbery and theft stemming from an incident last September. Downey had been placed on "home teaching" following his arrest. Downey had been the starting quarterback on the football team.

Downey still faces charges of first-degree assault in Baltimore for two separate incidents, the first in November of 2009 in a parking lot at M&T Bank Stadium and the second in June of 2010 at an 18-and-over club on Guilford Ave. Downey's trial is scheduled for May 5.

At the time of his arrest last September, Downey was considered one of the top high school wrestlers in the country and was being recruited by a number of the top college programs.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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