NC State RB Shadrach Thornton Named as Suspect in Sexual Battery Case

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

Oct 26, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Shadrach Thornton (10) runs ball during the second half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton is reportedly being investigated on charges of sexual battery.

According to court documents, the battery was reported on Monday, with Thornton listed as one of the suspects, per Joe Giglio and Andrew Kenney of The News and Observer in Raleigh.

While investigating the battery charges, authorities searched an apartment belonging to Thornton and some of his teammates. Marijuana was found during the search, which in turn led to charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession against both Thornton and his teammate J.J. Jones.

Giglio and Kenney note that teammates Marchez Coates and Juston Burris also live at the same apartment.

Football coach Dave Doeren released a statement that read, "We are aware of the issues and trying to gather all the details."    

NC State has suspended Thornton indefinitely, and Jones is planning to transfer, per Giglio.

Per N.C State: Shadrach Thornton has been suspended indefinitely and J.J. Jones plans to transfer

— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) December 5, 2013

Jones had told the staff he was leaving before the charges had been filed.

Jones, a reserve safety who played special teams, had informed the coaching staff of the decision before Wednesday's legal charges

— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) December 5, 2013

It's the second time Thornton has been suspended this season. He missed the season-opener after being charged with misdemeanor assault. He was given a deferred prosecution.

On the field, Thornton will undoubtedly be a big loss. The sophomore leads the Wolfpack in rushing, with 768 yards on 165 carries along with four touchdowns. During what has been a forgettable season, Thornton's performance was one of the few things that Wolfpack fans could be happy about.   

If NC State is to pick up its first conference win of the season, it will have do so without one of its best offensive weapons.