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Former Florida linebacker Daniel McMillian charged with attempted sexual battery

McMillian was arrested Thursday night.

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Former Florida Gators linebacker Daniel McMillian was arrested and charged with attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment on Thursday, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

The report (PDF), which lists McMillian’s last name as “McMillan,” includes a familiar, dismaying narrative of alleged rape. Per that narrative, McMillian locked a woman who visited McMillian’s apartment for “legitimate business reasons” — her relationship to McMillian is described by explaining that he is a customer of a business that employs her — in his room, then exposed himself to her, and blocked her exit after she told him she was uncomfortable and wanted to leave.

McMillian allegedly proceeded to grab the woman’s buttocks, prompting her to attempt to escape. She was successful in that attempt — thanks in part to kicking McMillian in the genitals — despite him grabbing at her skirt, and managed to flee the apartment to find help, per the report.

The reporting officer writes that, during his interview with the woman, she was “physically shaking and hysterically crying.”

Attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment are both third-degree felonies by Florida law, and McMillian could face more than a decade in prison if convicted. Florida statute does not use the term “rape,” instead opting for “sexual battery,” and attempted sexual battery is a charge distinct from sexual battery.

McMillian was a highly-touted signee in 2013, and part of a loaded class of linebackers that included fellow four-star commits Alex Anzalone and Matt Rolin — and three-star signee Jarrad Davis. But his collegiate career was largely underwhelming, and most of his 29 tackles as a senior in 2016 — the most in his four years with the Gators — came in the season’s final weeks, as injuries to Anzalone and Davis forced Florida to rotate McMillian in to spell underclassmen.

McMillian participated at Florida’s Pro Day for NFL scouts last week, but was not regarded as a likely selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. His occupation is listed as “student” on his arrest report, but he was not among the Florida student-athletes the program announced would participate in commencement ceremonies after the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016 terms.