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Ex-ODU football player charged with credit-card fraud

July 2, 2014

By Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot



July 03--NORFOLK -- Keshawn Henderson, a wide receiver recently dismissed from the Old Dominion football team, has been charged with six felonies and four misdemeanors related to credit-card fraud, according to Norfolk General District Court records.

Henderson, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Dallas, was charged with six counts of obtaining money under false pretenses, two counts of credit-card forgery, one count of obtaining a credit card under false pretenses and a charge of credit-card fraud. Henderson was arrested May 30 and is accused of committing the crimes on May 19 and May 20, according to court records.

Amanda Howie, spokeswomen for Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's office, said Henderson "used a credit card that did belong to him to make purchases," including purchases at a Norfolk grocery store and gas station. She did not know whose credit card Henderson is alleged to have used.

A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday in General District Court.

His attorney, public defender Mike Lutke, did not return a call for comment by Wednesday evening.

Henderson turned down an offer from Minnesota to come to ODU. He did not play as a freshman but was listed as a backup on ODU's depth chart after spring practice.

ODU announced Monday that Henderson and Larry Pinkard, ODU's leading receiver and one of its best players, had been dismissed from the team for violating team rules.

Pinkard has not been charged with any crimes, ODU officials said. The school's policy is not to comment on the specific reasons players are dismissed, but coach Bobby Wilder issued a statement Monday thanking Pinkard for his contributions to the program.

ODU officials made no comment Wednesday on Henderson.

The investigation into Henderson was conducted by the ODU Police, Howie said.

Henderson is the third ODU player in the last eight months dismissed or suspended by Wilder for a violation of team rules and was charged with a felony.

Linebacker Larry Alston III was dismissed Nov. 12 after his arrest on two felony counts of aggravated assault. Alston injured two students when they wouldn't allow him to enter a party, he acknowledged in court. He pleaded guilty to one count, was given a five-year suspended sentence and banned from ODU's campus.

Wide receiver Jakwail Bailey, suspended indefinitely March 26 by Wilder, broke a student's jaw with a punch during a party at the District at ODU, a privately run dormitory just off campus, court records indicate.

Bailey later pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious wounding, but the charge likely will be dismissed next spring if he maintains good behavior for a year.

Bailey is not enrolled at ODU.

Harry Minium, 757-446-2371, harry.minium@pilotonline.com

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