Penn State defensive end charged with marijuana possession

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State sophomore defensive end Sean Stanley has been charged by university police with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Stanley, of Rockville, Md., was charged Sept. 27, two days after the Temple game, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday with Centre Country District Justice Carmine Prestia.

Stanley's roommate, redshirt freshman cornerback Derrick Thomas, of Greenbelt, Md., also was named on the search warrant, but has not been charged, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 17.

Stanley and Thomas have missed the past two games for what coach Joe Paterno initially called academic issues. When asked about Stanley and Thomas last week, Paterno said he could not discuss the situation, citing university regulations.

According to court documents, police seized various items from the players' residence at Nittany Apartments during a search last month. They include a marijuana blunt, a marijuana roach, at least two dime bags and an empty can of Four Loko malt beverage.

Bags with marijuana stems and seeds and scented candles with marijuana ashes and residue were also seized during the search.

Stanley has eight tackles in four games this season, with one start. Thomas has three tackles and an interception in four games.


Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@post-gazette.com .


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