Tommy Rees Faces Four Misdemeanor Counts

Felony battery charge reduced from house party arrest at Notre Dame.


Former Lake Forest High School product will face four misdemeanor counts resulting from his arrest at a house party at the University of Notre Dame early Thursday morning, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

Rees, 19 who will turn 20 later this month, originally faced a felony battery charge for assaulting a Sound Bend (Ind.) police officer, but the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. Rees used his right knee to strike a police officer in the lower chest area, according to the Tribune report.

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The remaining charges include resisting law enforcement, minor consumption of alcohol and public intoxication, according to police.

Rees posted a $250 bond Thursday afternoon and was released from jail. He will return to court likely later this month.

The reduction of a felony charge to a misdemeanor eliminates the possibility that Rees would be dismissed from the university.

According to Notre Dame's school disciplinary code, if any student is charged with a felony, Notre Dame "reserves the right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student."

Rees attended a house party Thursday night that drew a large crowd, and the noise drew South Bend Police to the house on Notre Dame Avenue.

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