Quinn Matney, the freshman found to have falsified a report that he was victim of an anti-gay hate crime, was charged Friday with filing a false police report.
Matney was served with the misdemeanor citation Friday after going to the Department of Public Safety voluntarily, said DPS spokesman Randy Young.
The freshman is scheduled to appear in court on May 16 in Hillsborough, Young said.
A typical punishment for a misdemeanor like the one Matney is being charged with is called a community sentence, said Jeff Welty, an assistant professor of public law and government. He said the sentence is probationary, but whether that probation is supervised or unsupervised would depend on how serious the court deems the offense.
He said the prosecutor could instead offer Matney deferred prosecution. With deferred prosecution, Matney would not have a criminal record if he stayed out of further trouble for a period of time and fulfilled additional, case-specific conditions.