Former Miami and Purdue quarterback Robert Marve was arrested on felony battery and domestic battery by strangulation charges Hillsborough County, Fla., according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Marve was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend in a Key West, Fla., hotel room Friday. He was booked and released an hour later on $50,000 bond.
Channing Tomes told the Monroe County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office that Marve “lost control” after he saw text messages on her phone. He then hit her in the face, chest, arms and legs, and stomped on her throat, according to the arrest warrant.
“I am beyond relieved to know he is finally exposed as the monster he truly is,” Tomes wrote in a text message to the Times. “I am so thankful for everyone who has worked tirelessly on this case, as well as other victims.”
In addition, Tomes accused Marve of biting her lip, hitting her face, knocking her unconscious and sexually assaulting her in May.
“I do not care if I am the face of this case or if my sexual life, job or school is exposed in this process,” she texted to the Times. “My ultimate goal was to see that he never hurt another woman again and stand up for past victims who were too scared to come forward. Rape and domestic violence is never okay. I have found that the only ‘safe word’ with Robert Marve is ‘911.’ ?”
According to jail records, Marve is athletic director of the Tampa Sports Academy training facility and coaches quarterbacks at Plant High School in Tampa.
After leading Plant to a state title in 2006, Marve played with the University of Miami and later transferred to Purdue. After college, he played briefly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his playing career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, retiring in 2015.