Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree criminal manipulation of a domestic violence enhancer. The Broncos wide receiver was booked by the Arapahoe County Sheriff and is being held on a “hold without bond.”

Jeudy, 23, was a former first-round pick by the Broncos during the 2020 NFL Draft. Denver released a brief statement shortly after news of Jeudy’s arrest broke.

We are aware of the matter involving Jerry Jeudy and are in the process of gathering more information.

Below are the latest details about Jeudy’s arrest and what the criminal manipulation and domestic violence charges against him could mean.

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What was Jerry Jeudy arrested for?

Jeudy was arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree criminal manipulation of a domestic violence enhancer. The Arapahoe Sheriff made the arrest and announced it on Twitter.

Jeudy was booked between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time by Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. He is being held on “hold without bail,” which means he will remain in jail until a judge hears his case. That’s expected to happen at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time on Friday, Mike Klis of 9 News.

Additionally, Klis reports that “there was no physical contact” between Jeudy and the accuser, who is the mother of Jeudy’s one-month-old daughter.

Klis also reported that the police report described “things going crazy” between Jeudy and his accuser. Jeudy is accused of “hiding [the] baby safety seat, medical records and mother’s wallet” from her accuser.

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What is criminal manipulation?

The Colorado Legal Defense Group defines criminal tampering as “tampering with another’s property with the intent to annoy, inconvenience, or disrupt public service.” The offense is a class 2 misdemeanor and is punishable by “up to 120 days in jail and/or up to $750 in fines.”

There are different degrees of criminal manipulation. First-degree tampering “involves tampering with the property of a public institution or service that provides protection to health or safety.”

Jeudy, however, was specifically accused of manipulation in the second degree. That covers a much wider variety of potential actions than first degree manipulation.

The Colorado Legal Defense group cites “cutting off a neighbor’s phone line because he’s talking too loudly on the phone late at night” as an example of second-degree tampering. In addition, the group notes that “making an unauthorized connection to the property of a utility company” may constitute second-degree criminal manipulation. An example of this would be “connect [a] cable line to your house without authorization.

What is a domestic violence enhancer?

In Colorado, domestic violence is not investigated as a separate crime. As the Colorado Legal Defense Group explains, the state treats domestic violence as an “enhancement or aggravation of sentence.” Those are added to other charges, such as criminal manipulation, in Jeudy’s case, to increase the punishment for any crime against spouses or dating partners.

So the domestic violence charges against Jeudy are based on her relationship with the accuser.

How will this domestic violence buff affect Jeudy? The underlying charge of criminal manipulation will still largely dictate his punishment. However, depending on the nature of the crime, a judge could enroll Jeudy in a domestic violence treatment program. They could also grant Jeudy’s accuser a restraining order against him.

It seems likely that the NFL will investigate the charges against Jeudy as part of its personal conduct policy. That could lead to being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List or suspended.

This story is being updated.

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