— The Sports Xchange —
USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis was arrested on a felony domestic battery charge, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.
Lewis, 18, was charged with “corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant” due to visible injury to an alleged victim, according to a report from USCFootball.com. He could face up to four years in state prison if convicted or a $6,000 fine.
“USC takes all reports of domestic abuse seriously and is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation,” the school said in a statement. “While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student has been suspended from all football-related activities. Student disciplinary records and student conduct proceedings are confidential at USC and protected by law.”
Lewis was booked at 7:45 p.m. ET on Monday and was released at 3:59 a.m., according to Los Angeles County jail records. Bail was set at $50,000 for Lewis, who has a court date scheduled for March 6.
Lewis had four receptions for 39 yards in three games during his freshman season last year. His role with the team was expected to grow with the departures of senior Steven Mitchell Jr. and leading receiver Deontay Burnett.