Robert Marve, the former Miami quarterback whose career was derailed by persistent off-the-field issues, is once again in legal trouble. The Hillsborough County state’s attorney has filed domestic violence charges against Marve for an alleged May 27 assault on an ex-girlfriend. The county issued a warrant for Marve’s arrest and the 29-year-old turned himself in the Orient Road Jail in Tampa.
Marve’s arraignment has been scheduled for Oct. 25.
Marve is facing three charges after Channing Tomes, Marve’s ex-girlfriend, alleges Marve bit her lip, knocked her unconscious and sexually assaulted her. The state’s attorney has charged Marve with battery domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
A few months after the alleged assault, Marve was arrested for a separate domestic violence charge involving Tomes. In July, Marve was arrested in Monroe County after Tomes alleged Marve stomped on her throat. The felony charges were eventually downgraded to a misdemeanor, but the Tampa Bay Times reported Tomes was granted a restraining order against Marve in Hillsborough County following the incident.
Daniel Fernandez, Marve’s attoreny, told the Tampa Bay Times he and his client will contest the latest charges.
“This case, like all such matters, should be resolved in a court of law where evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is required,” Fernandez said, “not in the court of public opinion based on media reports and unproven accusations.”
Marve played two seasons for the Hurricanes from 2007-2008. After redshirting for the 2007 season, Marve started every regular-season game in 2008 except for the opener, which he missed because of a suspension stemming from a misdemeanor arrest in Miami. Marve transferred to Purdue following the season after an academic issue kept him from playing in the Hurricanes bowl game.