Cameron Clear pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft
Former University of Tennessee football player Cameron Clear pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft.
Clear appeared before Judge Geoff Emery in Knox County General Sessions Court.
Clear was approved for judicial diversion and will pay court costs. Possible restitution will be determined later for the laptop computer Clear was charged with stealing from a dorm room in Gibbs Hall.
Clear was originally charged with felony theft. Prosecution agreed to the amended charge of misdemeanor theft.
Clear was accompanied by attorney Robert L. Jolley Jr., and declined to make a statement outside the courtroom.
“We’re pleased that Randy Nichols, the district attorney general in this case, allowed Cameron to forward in his life by granting this judicial diversion,’’ Jolley said,
“We also wanted to take this opportunity to again thank the University of Tennessee for allowing him the opportunity to play football there.’’
Clear, who caught one pass as a freshman tight end in 2011, was dismissed from the team in May. He is in the process of determining where he will resume his career.
A leading possibility is Arizona Western, a junior college in Yuma, Ariz.
“He’s got several options,’’ Jolley said. “We’re trying to explore those. We don’t know where we are quite yet.’’
On May 22, Clear was discovered with a stolen MacBook Pro belonging to a member of the UT baseball team. That same day, an affidavit included in a University of Tennessee Police Department search warrant application targeted 10 items totaling $5,170 in Clear’s Gibbs Hall dorm room.
The execution of that search warrant came up empty handed, though the applying detective noted in the affidavit, “Clear has also posted listings on several websites stating he had items matching the general description of the stolen items for sale.”
The case, however, ended with Friday’s plea.
“My understanding is that this is the last legal problem Cameron has with the district attorney’s office,’’ Jolley said.
Jolley said restitution has yet to be determined. The stolen laptop is still in the hands of law-enforcement officials.
A hearing was set for Aug. 24 to determine restitution. Clear’s presence was waived.
By the terms of judicial diversion, if Clear stays out of trouble for 11 months, 29 days, the charge could be expunged from his record.