August 20, 2002 at 4:57 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 3:36 PM
TROY, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock was convicted of disorderly conduct Tuesday after being cited following a party near the western Ohio city of Troy over the weekend.
The 18-year-old freshman had originally been cited for underage consumption of alcohol, but the charge was later reduced.
Defense attorney Robert Huffman Jr. pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor on behalf of his client, who did not appear in Troy Municipal Court.
Judge Elizabeth Gutmann found Pitcock guilty and fined him $50 plus $70 in court costs. She also sentenced Pitcock to 30 days in jail, but suspended the sentence on the condition that he does not commit a similar offense in the future.
Pitcock could have been sentenced to a maximum six months in jail if convicted of the underage-drinking charge.
"I know that he regrets what happened," Huffman said of Pitcock. "He regrets having let down his team, his coach, his family. He's committed to making everything right."
Chief Deputy Joe Mahan of the Miami County sheriff's office said Pitcock was among more than 20 people cited at the party just north of Casstown on Saturday night.
Mahan said there were more than 60 people in the front yard of a house when deputies arrived after receiving complaints of a loud party. He said most of the people ran into the house or nearby cornfields.
Ohio State sports information director Steve Snapp said head football coach Jim Tressel was aware of the situation and planned on talking to Pitcock after receiving a complete report.
"We're trying to gather as much information as we can then we'll make a decision about what needs to be done," Snapp said.
Pitcock, who has an unlisted number, could not be reached for comment.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Pitcock played at Piqua High School. As a senior, he was named to The Associated Press' All-Ohio first team for Division II and was a second-team All-America pick by USA Today.
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