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Drake Davis

Former LSU wide receiver Drake Davis, who had been accused previously of beating his girlfriend, faces additional charges after police found two short videos depicting nude children among cell phone messages he had received and read but not deleted.

LSU police identified the material as pornography involving juveniles.

An arrest warrant says LSU police obtained Davis' phone Aug. 19 and sent it to the attorney general's office for a forensic digital analysis. After the phone was returned, detectives filed a criminal complaint based on the content of two videos:

  • A nine-second video sent in May 2017 showed a juvenile, "possibly under the age of ten years old, masturbating in a bath tub."
  • Another video, six seconds long, was sent in April 2017 and shows a boy about 5 years old who "has his penis exposed and is hitting it with the blades of a desk fan."

In both instances, police said Davis had "read" the messages but never deleted them from his phone. He was rebooked Tuesday into Parish Prison on an additional two counts of pornography involving juveniles.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said nothing has been disclosed regarding the sender of those text messages and he wouldn't say Wednesday whether prosecutors would ultimately charge Davis on the pornography counts. He simply said his office will consider all the possible charges against Davis when making those decisions. 

Davis' attorney, Marci Blaize, didn't comment on the counts of pornography involving juveniles, saying she had only received the information within the previous 24 hours.

Davis, 21, was in district court Wednesday morning for a bond hearing regarding his second battery arrest after initially being accused last month. Blaize requested the hearing be postponed and Judge Richard Anderson ruled for it to be moved to Friday morning.

Davis was arrested Sunday morning and ordered held without bail.

Both abuse cases stem from allegations involving the same woman. Davis had been released on bail after an Aug. 17 arrest _ two days before police took his cell phone for the forensic review. Judge Donald Johnson did not grant Davis bail the second time because he said it would have violated a protective order between Davis and the victim.

Davis' attorney said Monday that her client has submitted his resignation from LSU and will no longer be an enrolled student. He was previously placed on interim suspension pending an internal investigation that started with his first arrest last month. Davis was also suspended indefinitely from the football team at that time.

Davis recorded four catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons at LSU, and he played in all 13 games during the 2017 season.

"This is in the hands of the university," football coach Ed Orgeron said Monday afternoon, declining to elaborate.

Davis' latest warrant on the battery counts states that the victim, who is identified as an LSU student, was at Davis' apartment Aug. 26 when the two got into an argument. The woman told LSU police that when she went to leave his apartment, he pushed her onto a couch, causing a small cut and bruising to her lower leg.

Then a witness reported to police that during another incident at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Davis struck the victim in the eye several times.

Davis' first arrest centered on four incidents of abuse that included punching and grabbing the victim by her throat on multiple occasions between April 2017 and June 2018. Davis was booked Sunday on additional counts of battery of a dating partner and violation of protective orders, according to arrest documents.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that police obtained Davis' phone Aug. 19, not Tuesday of this week.

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