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Gambling charges against Brock dropped

Gambling charges against Brock dropped

4 months, 3 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Former QHS standout charged in betting scandal

A former standout Quincy High School football player, charged as part of an investigation into college sports betting, is having all charges against him dropped.

Des Moines television station KCCI reported Friday that charges against former Blue Devil Jihrel Brock and three other Iowa State student athletes have been dropped by prosecutors. The move came after a months-long investigation into sports wagering involving male athletes at Iowa and Iowa State. Brock was among over two dozen players and managers in men's sports programs at Iowa and Iowa State who had faced charges. Brock and the other three student athletes were charged with identity theft and tampering with records. The news comes just one day after an attorney for the four claimed investigators had been shut out of geo-fencing software that played a key role in gathering evidence in the case. Lawyers argued the geofence was set up unlawfully, and the athletes had cooperated with a preliminary investigation under a false promise of leniency.

The probe headed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation came under public scrutiny in recent months due to the allegations, including an Iowa lawmaker who shared "deep concern" about privacy in the wake of the investigation.

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