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Pair charged in IUP dorm assault

| Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003

Two Indiana University of Pennsylvania football players were charged recently with assaulting another student in his dorm room.

Corey Allen Smith, 19, of 311 Wahr Hall, and Kirby L. Griffin, 20, of 809 Lawrence Hall, face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

IUP Campus Police said Smith was walking outside the dorm room of Joshua S. Szymanowski, who lives on the second floor of Wahr Hall, at about 3:40 p.m. Nov. 14.

Szymanowski told police he "yelled words" at Smith and Griffin, according to an affidavit.

Smith then allegedly went to Szymanowski's room and punched him in the mouth. Szymanowski suffered facial injuries and a deep cut to the back of his head.

When police went to Wahr Hall to serve Smith's arrest warrant, two other witnesses said they identified Griffin as the other person involved in the fight. The witnesses used a football program to identify Smith, the affidavit said.

Griffin is on the football team, but he does not play on the active squad in games, an IUP spokesman said. Smith is a redshirt freshman quarterback who is sidelined so he can be eligible to play an additional year.

Smith was a standout quarterback at Kiski Area High School and was selected co-quarterback on the North All-Star team for the spring Foothills Football Classic at Hempfield Area's Spartan Stadium. He also was selected in 2002 to the Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Finest 10 basketball team.

John H. Jackson IV, 23, also an IUP student, also was sent a summons for defiant trespass in connection with the assault. Both Smith and Griffin are scheduled to appear before District Justice Richard Orendorff, of Indiana, on Nov. 26 for a preliminary hearing.

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