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Mercer University football player charged with sexual battery

A Mercer University football player has been charged with felony sexual battery, according to Bibb County jail records.

Guysen “B.J” Bohler, 20, a defensive back, was arrested Friday morning on campus by campus police, Kyle Sears, university spokesman, confirmed.

“I can confirm he was arrested .... by Mercer police on charges of sexual assault and battery and we cannot comment any further pending the outcome of the investigation,” Sears said Saturday morning.

The sexual assault charge has been upgraded to aggravated sexual assault, Sears said Saturday afternoon.

Bohler, of Ocoee, Florida, is free on a $4,600 bond, jail records show.

A heavily-redacted Mercer police incident report indicated that the alleged sexual assault occurred on campus in the early morning hours Thursday.

The victim was a student, and the student and the “offender” were not strangers, the report indicated.

The “complainant” was listed as “anonymous” in the report.

The narrative indicated only that a Mercer police officer had been dispatched to an assault. The specific location on campus was redacted in the report.

Bohler’s status at the university as a student was unclear.

“We won’t comment any further on his status as a student until the investigation is complete,” Sears said. “His status as a football player, that needs to be addressed by athletics.”

Jace Sanders, assistant director of athletic media relations, said Bohler has been suspended indefinitely from the football team. Sanders declined further comment.

Mercer police Chief Gary Collins could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Bohler, a junior defensive back, came to Mercer as a 2-star recruit from Ocoee High School, according to 247 Sports. He became a regular starter last season and emerged as one of the top defensive backs on the team heading into his junior year.

Saturday marked the football team’s home opener against Austin Peay State University.

Staff writer Justin Baxley contributed to this article.

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