Student athlete charged with substantial battery, returns to court Sept. 30

Charley Gargano
Charley Gargano

Charley Gargano, a junior in the College of Education and men’s lacrosse player, will appear in court Monday for the assault of a Department of Public Safety officer on Sept. 15.

Gargano was charged with substantial battery with intended bodily harm, which can carry up to a $10,000 fine and a prison sentence of up to three and a half years.

According to a criminal complaint, Gargano is accused of striking DPS officer Annette Demeuse after she arrived to assist another officer, Valerie Gunderman, who found Garngano and two other students in a verbal altercation Sunday.

DPS Capt. Russell Shaw said that Gargano was acting “very erratic” and that while the officers were trying to talk to him, Gargano struck Demeuse in the face, knocking her backwards into a concrete planter. Multiple Milwaukee Police Department squad cars arrived at the scene, in addition to fire trucks and an ambulance. Both DPS officers received medical attention. Demeuse sustained a nasal fracture and broken orbital bone in her face and received eight stitches above her left eye.

At a hearing Friday, Milwaukee Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey issued a no contact order, which means that Gargano is not allowed to contact Demeuse in any way.

Before the incident, Gargano reportedly attended a concert at The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave. According to the criminal complaint, Gargano said that he “voluntarily ingested the hallucinogen, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), on four separate occasions,” while at the concert. Gargano told investigators he has “little recollection of what occurred after that point, and has no memory of committing a battery.”

The criminal complaint stated that because of Gargano’s intoxicated state, the Milwaukee Fire Department needed to sedate him after DPS attempted to subdue him with pepper spray. Gargano reportedly fled the scene and was apprehended by a public safety officer in the median on Wisconsin Avenue between Johnston Hall, Cobeen Hall and Carpenter Tower. Gargano was taken into custody by MPD after being sedated and posted $1,000 bail before his preliminary hearing Friday.

A statement from the university stated, “Marquette takes any allegation and act of misconduct seriously and expects all of our students to uphold Marquette’s values. In a situation where a student violates university policy, a student conduct process is initiated. In serious cases involving student-athletes, the student will not be allowed to participate in athletic and team activities indefinitely, pending the outcome of the university process.”